HELP! CHICKENS dying constantly!!!

Discussion in 'Chickens & Poultry' started by carrotsnranch, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. carrotsnranch

    carrotsnranch Active Member

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    Jun 23, 2018
    Fuquay NC
    Hey there! Appealing to all the chicken friends I can for help, I have had FIVE chickens die in the past week….crazy! 2 silkie roos, one buff orpington/silkie mix 5mo chick, buff orpington hen, and barred rock hen. So strange, I guess it could be heat or anything? It’s been way wet out here, if that could be something? I’d love anything you have!
     
  2. lada823

    lada823 Active Member

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    Apr 1, 2018
    Ohio
    Have you wormed them? How's their poo? Any signs of coccidia? Are you sure it's not a predator?
     
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  3. CCCSAW

    CCCSAW Well-Known Member

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    Jul 11, 2019
    California
    Usually if I have a sudden die off my first course for chickens is wormer and electrolytes. I haven't had an issue yet (knock on wood) that wasn't stop by worming or related to the heat. But given that your sudden die off includes a chick is possible that it could be feed related. Is the any possibly that they got into something they shouldn't have? Or that the feed might have gotten wet?
     
  4. carrotsnranch

    carrotsnranch Active Member

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    Jun 23, 2018
    Fuquay NC
    It's not a predator for the other 4. but the chick did just disappear so that could have been a predator. But the other 4 maybe it's heat. What should I worm them with? and I have goat electrolytes...should that work?
     
  5. CCCSAW

    CCCSAW Well-Known Member

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    Jul 11, 2019
    California
    I use valbazen as my main choice of the chickens as we regularly deal with tape worm in them. I'll have to look up the correct dose but it's roughly .5 cc for a standard adult hen. I usually just cut up some bread and soak it then try to do my best to make sure everyone gets an equal share. I can't say for sure if the goat electrolytes would work but if you make sure they have 1 plain water and 1 with the electrolytes I don't see why it should be an issue. I ke their are recipes for homemade electrolytes too. I don't know the ingredients though.

    Backyardchickens.com is a very helpful forum for chicken issues. I have used it before I got goats, someone over the suggested I check things out here for goat info.
     
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  6. CCCSAW

    CCCSAW Well-Known Member

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    Jul 11, 2019
    California
    Valbazen 1/2cc (1/2ml) per 5 pounds chicken.

    If you Google "valbazen dose for chickens", one of the first ones that came up for me was a link to a discussion on backyardchickens that gave the different dosing calculation methods
     
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  7. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    If their poop is runny i would say either cocci or wormy. Usually if those breeds have shade, fresh water and a place to dust bathe they usually do ok in the heat.
     
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  8. carrotsnranch

    carrotsnranch Active Member

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    Jun 23, 2018
    Fuquay NC
    If i were to treat Cocci for them....do i use same thing as for goats or should I get something made for chickens
     
  9. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Same thing. Different dosage.
     
  10. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Fingers crossed for the rest of your flock
     
  11. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Have you started new feed? Or a new bag of feed?