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Hello. Of our flock of forty chickens that includes three roosters, we have had 3 hens die this morning from choking on their own blood. From my brief research, I suspect it could be Infectious Laryngotracheitis. Has anyone had experience with this symptom before death? What was the problem or what did you do to try to save the rest of your flock? Thank you

Koty says 2015-12-18 15:40:18 (CST)

I don't have an answer for you, but I forwarded your question to the poultry expert at the Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. If/when she replies to me, I'll post it.

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Klaus Karbaumer says 2015-12-18 16:01:49 (CST)

The only way to be absolutely sure what caused this is that you take the deceased hens to a lab. Ask your veterinarian about the nearest research lab. If it is what you suspect you will lose a lot more hens and new ones that come to your place will have to be vaccinated four weeks before arrival. Infected hens, even if they survive the disease will become much less productive. Coughing and rattling while they breathe are some of the symptoms. The best way to prevent any reinfection of new hens is to have the place chicken-free for at least six months so that there are no surviving viruses.

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Koty says 2015-12-18 18:04:08 (CST)

So here's what I got back. " It could be Infectious Laryngotracheitis, but it could also be avian influenza."

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NoraWI says 2015-12-19 07:00:46 (CST)

Allison, there was an avian flu "holocaust" a year ago when several large factory egg producers in the Midwest had to kill millions of chickens to keep the infection from spreading. Avian flu is also spread through wild bird populations. Where are you located?

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Allison_EcoJustice says 2015-12-21 11:31:55 (CST)

Thank you for the responses. We are located in southeastern Wisconsin. After losing the three hens on Friday, no other chickens have died or even shown symptoms. If it is either the Infectious Laryngotracheitis or Avian flu, I realize we are in big trouble. I am keeping a close eye on them for signs of any other illness. I look forward to hearing what you find out.

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Allison_EcoJustice says 2015-12-21 11:41:17 (CST)

Yikes. We haven't had any other deaths or even any birds exhibiting symptoms since that happened on Friday. I didn't think the symptoms matched avian flu, but now that you've mentioned that I am worried. I will strongly consider necropsy. Thank you.

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NoraWI says 2015-12-24 06:56:40 (CST)

Just a thought... Could those three have gotten into mouse/rat poison?

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