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by Robert Pettit
I live in Mexico and have rented a small property where the previous occupant had ducks, turkeys, chickens, etc. and very unclean.
I rented this property so my son could have laying chickens. At between 4-6 weeks we have lost 8.
Today, at 4 months old another two died. They seem to be completely healthy, eat well, run outside and catch bugs and the next morning they are laying on there side unable to get up. So, I sacrifice them.
Always I see orange colored excrement in the pen prior to this happening. I have treated twice with Baycox and disinfected every day after, however I am unable to do this more than once a week now.
Any ideas? They have been wormed twice with ivermectin, vaccinated with Merck Newcastle vaccine and fed a commercial food. My son is not taking this very well and would like to find out prior to losing all of them. Thank You, Bob
Was the property completely cleaned and sanitized before you brought the chickens there? I would certainly advise that you start giving them a water soluble vitamin.
You should also increase their protein levels by feeding scrambled eggs or canned cat food. It would be the wise choice to contact a vet for him to diagnose the problem and advise you how to treat it.
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