The third chicken definitely has the neck symptoms and are getting quite bad now.
There have been no sign of bugs for 11 days after two days after they started using DE. They have been applying DE to the chicken and the bedding every day although the chicken likes to eat the DE.
Another farmer (with a medical background) came yesterday to look at the chicken. The suggestion is that it looks like an autoimmune symptom.
While it is possible the bugs could have caused it, it is unlikely - especially since the symptoms continue to get worse after getting rid of the bugs.
This kind of inflammation can be caused by infection, allergy, or sensitivity to something in the diet or environment.
Suggestions from that farmer:
1. change the bedding from hay to straw as mites like hay and it could be something in the bedding causing the symptoms.
2. slather the neck with olive oil - if there are bugs on the skin that survived the DE, this will smother them and it will help moisten the skin and hopefully make it more comfortable for the chicken
Ray is still seeking a diagnosis and asked if anyone had seen anything like this before.
Is there a chicken version of Lyme disease? I'm wondering if the bugs were a vector for some sort of disease like malaria? I've not personally heard of anything like that, but the thought popped into my head when autoimmune issues were suggested.
That sucks. But, in a way, at least it isn't something obvious. Let's hope it's easy to fix once they figure it out.
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ray Bunbury wrote:HOW to pack dead chicken for mailing to lab?
I had necropsies done on 2 animals many years ago after the vet euthanized them. He froze the bodies until I was able to drive them to the university where the necropsies were being performed. With sending a chicken, I think it makes sense to freeze the body to keep everything "intact" as much as possible, then pack the body in a styrofoam box like a cooler type and pack icepacks around the chicken's body that has been put in a bag, and send.
I am so sorry you are going through all this, Ray. Your sadness can be strongly felt. I hope you get some answers to what the cause of all this has been so you can hopefully prevent anything like it happening ever again.
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