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Blackhead in chickens-advice needed

We have just lost 2 hens to what appears to fit the symptoms of Blackhead. From reasearching the Internet it is not common in chickens but having had tow die I am now worried about getting any more. We have one cockerel and needed to increase our hen ratio but if having got Blackhead the last thing I want to do is introduce more hens. Has anyone else had experience with this awful disease?

Norwegianfjord
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

as far as i know, black head is carried by hens, but rarely affects them, it mostly is passed from chicken to turkeys.
a good worming routine is good, as its passed from hen to soil an picked up by other birds.
did you have post mortems done on the birds to confirm black head ?

pearl
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Thanks Pearl, from what Iíve read it doesnít seem common in hens. I havenít had post-mortems done and I know it can be misleading diagnosing from the Internet but the symptoms seem right especially the bright yellow poo!
I havenít found it easy to get wormer for them, I wormed in October with panacur granules which I know is not meant for poultry but it was the only one that my local supplier recommended. In February I did them again with Flubenvet that I ordered on line, very expensive, they are due again in a couple of weeks. I donít understand why it canít be bought in ROI??
If itís in the soil now Iím wondering if I should give up keeping chickens. Just cull my cockerel and keep the hens and see what happens??

Norwegianfjord
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

hens can have different colour poos, an yellow/mustard is one of them.
if u can keep them confined to a "clean area", an lime the rest, then swap over, an keep up a good worming routine, things should be ok, but if anymore die, get a postmortem done ,so u know wat ur dealing with.
internet is great, but also misleading.

pearl
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

If you have blackhead you need Ronidazol- 10% (treats the same as Emtryl did)Pallatts.com - £15 per packet + post.

Grouse1
Sunday, December 9th, 2018


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