Chicken Illness, Death and Lessons Learned


| 6/2/2017 11:22:00 AM


Faithful Homesteader

I had to say goodbye to another chicken this week, and I think this one was the hardest of all. When I lost chickens before, things happened so fast that we didn’t even really have time to try to save them. This time it seemed like we were doing good when we were able to get a diagnosis from the veterinarian. We knew what we needed to do. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough; but I did learn some lessons along the way.

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Our chicken Barbie had not been with us long, and soon after she came to us she went broody. We tried to break her, but she was stubborn. When we got her to stay out of the nesting boxes she decided to hang out on the roost, but she was definitely still broody. I think this is where all of our problems started. She did have opportunity to eat, drink, and take dirt baths, but we don’t think she was eating near enough and we are sure her immune system was weakened. We will definitely try harder to break our broody hens in the future.

We next had an outbreak of worms and as we were treating things we attributed anything unusual to that. After a little bit of time, we took in another poo sample to the vet to find out that Barbie had coccidiosis. We started the treatment for the whole flock and for the first day it looked like there was improvement, and then there wasn’t.



We mixed up a batch of Corid with half a tablespoon in a gallon of water. We used it until it was gone. We didn’t know that you should make a fresh batch each day. We had been successful in the past without doing that. If we ever have to deal with this again, we will make the new batch each day using two teaspoons for every gallon. I don’t know if this is what would have made the difference or not. All the other girls were good, but she still had the problem.





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