Well, before the Darlin' Man brought home the new chickens, we had a problem with our original flock.
In the last month, we have lost a total of 6 chickens.
It always goes the same way:
1) Chicken starts looking a little listless and less lively.
2) Chicken's eyes get mildly infected
3) Chicken gets VERY lethargic and eye infection gets worse
4) Chicken dies overnight..always at night!
This morning I found Miranda Chicken dead.
I already lost Carmen, Gloria, Delores, Ruby and Bess. Ugly Betty looked like she was going the same way, but she recovered and is now fine and frisky.
Pender got sick a few days ago. Normally frisky and feisty, he started getting listless about 4 days ago. Yesterday, his eye infection was so bad, his eyelids couldn't open.
So, I picked him up, got a warm wash cloth and wiped his eyes and then put a little neosporin in each eye.
I set up a "Chicken ICU" on the screened in front porch and he spent the night there. Pender is doing better this morning!
The Darlin' Man is picking up some chicken antibiotics to put in the chickens water today.
I am scrubbing down the chicken coop.
I am checking each and every chicken over carefully ...wiping down the eyes of those with eye infections and dabbing a smidgen of neosporin in their eyes.
I hope I don't lose any more.
Especially Pender...he is such a good rooster and my buddy!