This little Muppet is very sick. I got new chickens a few weeks back. I am such a fool and take people on their word.... She did the dodgy I'll meet you half way and when I got home with the new chickens one was sick. I was told this was "sales sickness". A few days later she came and picked up the sick hen. The other three seem fine she said. As I really don't know a lot about chickens and diseases to do with them and because my silkies were spending lots of time next to the quarantined hens pen I decided to let the new chickens out. Then one buy one, the new hens started to get sick. Anyway, the new hens have now infected our pet Silkies. This little one was hit hard. Hopefully she will improve tonight.....
What I have learnt is that people who buy eggs from your local corner shop and think you're getting free range, healthy eggs you might not be. Knowing what I know now, I would only buy my eggs from someone I know, or the supermarket.
What this breeder does:
She sells eggs, fertile eggs, chicks, and hens. Her flock has been infected with a respiratory illness that is contagious and once a hen has had it, they are a carrier of the disease. Hens can transmit the disease through to fertile eggs (which she sells). She treats her flock with antibiotics. I am not sure if she puts the affected laying hen in quarantine for 21 days. You are not supposed to eat eggs from a hen that has been treated with antibiotics. She also has chicks crumble and grower pellets in with laying hens, which they have got access to eat it. Again, you are not supposed to eat the eggs of hens that have eaten chick food. Can you see the problem here? It is recommended that if you buy and sell chickens (and eggs) that if your flock has had a respiratory illness that you cull your flock. If they are pets only, it is ok to treat them, but this is contentious.
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