I have a sick Silkie. I don't need any help, just an ear to listen to me really and to document it.
She is my friend's white bantam Silkie who hatched one of my eggs for me and was at my house while the chick settled in and grew big enough.
At the weekend she became lame on her left legs and was like that for a couple of days. On Tuesday she was lame in both legs and I isolated her in the house so I could keep an eye on her and keep her warm. She was quite depressed.
As she was off her legs I fashioned a sling for her to be suspended in in the crate so that she can reach food but be upright and have her legs in a better position. I based it loosely on a crop bra. She had no use of her left leg at all, it was floppy and even cold at times. Right leg had some power but ended up in all sorts of positions from her trying to push herself upright.
I found her to be very thin ( she's a very broody hen so not surprising), and her crop was SOLID. I looked on here ( thanks BYC members!) and concluded from the texture of it that it was fungal ( was hard but slightly doughy). This bantam's crop was a good handful in size. Soft feed given.I gave her some canestan cream and regular massage of it. Moist pellets and soft food. Next day, crop not clear in morning but smaller. Oil given and massaged again during the day. Weight 1.1kg. Baytril given only after two days as I didn't want to give it with the working theory of Fungal infection. I gave it yesterday in a '**** or bust' move. :D
She's been eating like a horse throughout. I began with homemade rehydration fluid via syringe. All soft food given. I've aimed to get as many calories as possible into her; Scrambled egg, runny porridge, hard boiled egg, live mealworms, mashed potato. She cannot get enough tomatoes!! I wondered if her potassium was low as she is eating so much of them. I supplemented a little Magnesium for her too ( a scrapping from one of my tablets)just in case she was low on that as this is used in the muscles. My thought being that if she doesn't survive, at least she's had a fab menu! :D
Poop was formed but offensive smelling at beginning, with what looked like partly undigested food in it. The smell lessened and changed to watery 'antibiotic' poop yesterday. Urates present.
Today her left leg has some 'tone' to it. ( for the non medical folk: the muscle gave some resistance when moved rather than being completely floppy like it was), which is fab.
The #2 sling:
Being a Silkie it is almost impossible to keep her clean!
I do have permission to euthanize her if I feel all hope is lost. I have had many times when I've thought I am being cruel by keeping her alive and hoping she'll improve quickly. I am worried it's Marek's but I'm not sure.
I'm a new chicken keeper ( only 5 months) and this hen raised 5 of my flock so I feel I owe it to her to give her the very best chance at survival.
I will keep this thread 'posted' on developments. You're welcome to point out any ommissions I've made. Keep your fingers crossed!