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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:51 am 
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Hi, I am a newbie to chickens. I have some respiratory issues in my flock. They are recovering from it but they are getting it one by one.

I have been told that if its a virus I need to cull my existing chickens and start again if I want to increase my flock size. (Currently 20)

But I am not clear about a bacterial issue. Is it the same as when there is a virus?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:17 pm 
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Who gave you the advice to cull your flock? If it’s a mild respiratory illness (viral or otherwise) that they are all recovering from I would not be culling any birds.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:47 pm 
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Chooks get the equivalent to our Common Cold - a virus. It is contagious but will burn itself out. Sometimes it develops into a bacterial infection. If a respiratory disease is bacterial it is best treated with the correct antibiotics which need to be prescribed by a vet. There are a couple of (less common) viruses which can be vertically transmitted (hen to egg) or remain in the birds systems or the environment. Again these need to be identified by a vet before you do any thing radical.
Many uninformed people like to tell you about the worst case scenario.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:37 am 
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Thank you, everyone, for your advice. I have decided to take one of the chicken to the vet and get an exact diagnosis so I can make a more informed decision.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:40 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:28 pm 
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Good plan :)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:53 am 
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Also, wait til none of them are sick anymore, then a bit longer, before you introduce any more to your flock.


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