The technoflocks have fallen victim to a host of plagues, and they just won't go away! Everyone was fine all winter and now that the main flock is out free-ranging: MISERY!
-Mysterious viral and highly contagious respiratory disease, not responding to treatment, wet coughing with mucus, water in lungs. Lost some sweet girls and a baby chick :(
-Mysterious secondary upper respiratory infection causing swollen sinuses, bubbly eyes that swell shut with gunk. Affected hens respond to treatment but it's slow.
-Found some tiny lice on the silkies, must be transmitted by mice entering the barn - treated everyone with Ivermectin.
-Found roundworms in the main flock's poop, treated everyone with Piperazine - even the girls in quarantine who are on meds.
-Spring molt has started so there are feathers everywhere and egg production is dropping significantly.
I can't wait for all this crap to be over and done with... I want my pretty, happy and healthy hens back, please! I've lost 9 flock members since the beginning of the year, enough already!! :-(