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Silkie found unresponsive this morning. Bird flu? Or something else?

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This morning I went out to tend my two silkies and found one of them lying on the ground in their coop, with no signs of injury at all.  She looks dead, but occasionally her foot or head will jerk. Maybe comatose? She feels cool to the touch and has a slight odor, not bad, but sort of like decay.  I can't find the source of the smell.

 

She was fine, completely normal yesterday.  I had noticed in the past week or so that she was acting a little odd, like she couldn't see well, but I checked her out, and she appeared to have nothing wrong with her.

 

It's obvious that there's nothing that I can do for her, but now I'm worried about her coop mate and my other flock of laying hens (they don't mingle).  Does this sound like bird flu or some other sickness?  I'm just flabbergasted! 

 

Thanks for your help.

Kim

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It could be something like 30 different things.

The thing you can do for her is to separate her from the flock and warm, about 80F.

 

Another thing you can do is send her to the OK poultry lab for necropsy to see if you need to be concerned for your other birds. That would be your best bet.

Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Oklahoma State Univ.,College of Vet. Med.

Farm & Ridge Road

Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078

Phone: 405-744-6623 Fax 405-744-8612


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 10/16/15 at 11:01am

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thank you.  That's probably the only way I'll have peace of mind.

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