I've just lost a 3 year old speckledy who had yellow diarrohea. She'd not been great for about 7-10 days and we tried everything we could to help her. We took guidance from this website but it isn't easy with so much differing guidance and a lot clearly coming for the US. The yellow diarrohea was the most obvious problem.
She became lethargic and stopped eating the day before she died. She was still drinking some water and I honestly thought she was getting better.
We felt it may have been a compacted croup and tried massaging it to help but to no avail. It was so frustrating as she seemed calm and not panting. Her eyes were okay and she never even whimpered. She didn't appear to have an impacted egg either.
We really look after our girls and worm them, use apple cider and protect them from mites etc.. However, I still feel guilty and wish I could have done more.
Considering that we are in the North East of England and South of the Tyne, I'd really appreciate some help on the following:
- Contact details of a vet that actually understands chickens and can offer genuine help rather than just offering to put her to sleep.
- What should I have on hand to help. i.e. Anti-biotics. How can I get these as everything seems to be with prescription only. Will a vet provide a prescription without me taking a chicken to the vet?
- What else should I have on hand to help?
We now have two speckledys and two columbian blacktails.
Thanks and the help is really appreciated.