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NorthWestPoultry.co.uk

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young birds light as a feather
« on: November 04, 2010, 06:08:02 pm »

hi guys i would like to ask any ones advise i breed poultry to sell at auctions and have been for quite a few years
 this year i bought
i brinsea 190 incubator and got it running 3 times threw the year my last hatch being around late august.
 form that hatch i got around 70 hatched
they fully feathers and seemed quite chipper but in the last week when i picked one up i realised it was extremly lite in weigh and it wasent till
i picked a few more up i realsed they were very light and well so much so there breast bone was sticking out like a razor blade i carnt understand
this when they have been getting plenty of feed and water.
after around 8/9 weeks in my broodry shed i took them down the field (as they were starting to feather pick each other)  to a bigger hut i put them in for a couple of days and then opened the hatch
so they could run around they were fine untill some got under the fencne and jumped in a large barrle of water and drown  :-[ i also killed the cockerals which was around 25/30 the young birds were fine running outside until the rain came and the pen was really muddy so bad they were starting to get down
so i brought them back down the broody shed and back under the lamp.
after a couple of days i lost around 8 and the rest seemed to perked up again but still extremly light and when they were eating they seemed to be opening there mounth like a cockerla does when it crows any way i took them back down the feild into a large grass pen and let them run out hoping they would be aright as to my disspointment when i went down the field the today day there was 25 laying dead  :-[

i also seemed to have a few that had swoolen eys aswell as gasping
 any advise
cheers
Owner of North West Poultry
suppliers of rare breed day-old chicks and hatching eggs

CameronS

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • North East Fife
Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 07:53:15 pm »
How horriable for you,

 have the birds been wormed? if not this could be the root of the poor weights, hopefully no more die  :hshoe:

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 10:11:30 pm »
does sound like gapeworm. 

get some panacur or similar - ask your vet (can buy it online I think.... but the dosage will not be right for hens)
Little Blue

katie

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • worcs
Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 08:38:36 am »
Flubenvet will treat gapeworm, if it is that. The swollen eyes made me think of mycoplasma. I can't remember the name of the treatment for this but you can get it from your vet.

BlueDaisy

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Grow your own - veg and chooks!
Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 08:51:52 am »
My first thought was coccidiosis - you need to get some coxoid into them, but I'm afraid you might already be too late :(

NorthWestPoultry.co.uk

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Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 07:32:39 pm »
hi guys another 4 dead today cut open one of the larger cockerals to check his wind pipe and that no sign of gape worm
but there wasent a single pellet in his crop  ???
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little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 07:55:11 pm »
coccidiosis.
need meds from vet....
Little Blue

darkbrowneggs

  • Joined Aug 2010
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Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2010, 11:10:15 pm »
So sorry to hear about your problems :(

Are these the symptoms
Dyspnoea.
Gasping.
Coughing of mucus and blood.
Ocular discharge.
Sinusitis.
Nasal discharge (low pathogenicity strains).

Check out the full article

And there are other possibilities listed also.

All the best
Sue
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NorthWestPoultry.co.uk

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Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 09:25:55 pm »
hi guys here i have added a photo of one of the very light in weigh young birds
notice its eye ??



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BlueDaisy

  • Joined Aug 2010
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Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 07:57:17 am »
Have you given them any meds yet? Or taken them to the vet?

NorthWestPoultry.co.uk

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Re: young birds light as a feather
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2010, 05:49:26 pm »
i havent no do you think i should ?
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