2 black copper Marans(supposibly), I believe they are approx 15-17 weeks. If the man we bought them from was correct they should have been about 8-9 weeks when we bought them. That was beginning of February. yes, they both have lost weight, however still eating a store bought crumble layers feed.
2) What is the behavior, exactly.
1 is unable to stand upright, lost her use of legs within 1 days time. The other started off with what looked like sour or impacted crop, however she started losing her coordination a day later, and would just move around with her feet and tendons. They started open mouth breathing today, and one actually improved slightly and has been able to stand up completely straight when I checked on them tonight.
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
I noticed the large bulge that I believed to be sour crop on hen #1 on Friday and by Sunday she was barely able to stand. The hen#2 was running around fine until Sunday, where she could barley walk and kind of fell down ramp from coop to outdoor run.
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
No, just these 2. I will stated that out of the flock of mostly silkies and EE they are the only ones I did not hatch self. No one was vaccinated for Mereks, and yes it did cross my mind that it could be the cause, however the symptoms came on so suddenly. Also note that about 2 weeks ago I vaccinated them all for fowl pox.
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
No not that I can see or feel.
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
I am thinking botulism, it has been flooding here near Houston Texas, and the ground is wet obviously. Some of the food got moisture, so I threw that food away and reloaded it with fresh dry feed. I even covered the place where the rain could have soaked in from. I did notice that some areas around the coop(about 30 feet away from the coop)look completely dead, like it was sprayed by insecticide. My brother in law and yard men are there a lot and they will be questioned today.
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
Layer crumbles. And I had been forcing them to drink water with vinegar. Then I recently read to put Epsom salt to flush out the system, so I tried that last night.
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. greenish white.
You can scroll down for pics of the bird and see they droppings from the pic. It looks greenish white to me, yet some of it looks normal.
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
That's what I need help on, I have so many different meds, and no clue where to start. When the first hen looked like she had sour or impacted crop I tried the Mobistat 3 treatment i had read about on here and the oil down the throat and tried to massage the blockage. I did give them nutri drench for 2 days.
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
I want to treat it completely by myself. I have many different meds here and baytril is being shipped to me.
See pic of what I have medicine wise:
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
Already did, jut scroll down
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use: usually they have a a totally enclosed run. Wire cloth around it all.
Hay is used right now since I have not been able to put sand in yet. I am going to get on that soon,
Here is a pic
Edited by Nksg75 - 4/19/16 at 2:37am