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Lethargic Pullet

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Hi, I recently acquired a pair of Swedish Flower pullets, as well a few other breeds at the same time and from the same breeder. Both Flowers are from the same hatch. Have had for approx. 3 weeks and they are now approx 14 weeks old. The one smaller bird has been very aloof from the day I got them. All the birds have been segregated from the rest of the flock. The one Flower has almost doubled in size while the other has grown slightly. The lethargic smaller bird exhibits no natural fear, She just stays off by herself and stands with her eyes closed a lot. She has begun making a sneezing and what I can only describe as a choking sound. Almost like a cough. This happens every few minutes. The past few days I have taken to feeding her separately from other birds as she seems too timid. I've been giving her soft fruits and veggies as she doesn't seem to want the crumbles. She has been taking water from nipple waterer's so I don't think dehydration is an issue. At night, she sleeps with all the other pullets and doesn't have a problem getting picked on or thrown out. I check on them every night and integration is fine.

Her poop is runny, if that helps at all. Don't know if I should try antibiotics or just isolate her and give her vitamins in her water. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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She could possibly suffering from a respiratory infection from a bacteria, mycoplasma, or virus. Mold in the coop can also cause respiratory infection. Is there any eye or nasal drainage? Since the one seems to be stunted in growth, she may have chronic coccidiosis or an immunity problem. a chronic or low grade case of cocci can stunt the growth of chicks.  I would get some Corid powder from the feed store, cattle section, and use 1 1/2 tsp per gallon of water to treat her for 5 days. I don't use nipple waterers, but with her I would place a regular waterer or bowl in case she is not drinking well. Runny droppings can be common in cocci or in respiratory infections. if you have a regular vet you may want to get a sample of her droppings tested for cocci and worms.  Here is a good link to read on coccidiosis and another listing the common diseases of chickens including infectious bronchitis, MG, ILT, coryza, and aspergillosis, the respiratory diseases seen more often:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/2/Coccidiosis%20Management/43/symptoms-and-diagnosis/

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

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Thank you so much for the information. I never thought raising chickens could be so involved. I have been going crazy trying to get her to drink and eat. Did as you advised and picked up the Corid powder and started treating the entire flock. Got rid of the nipple waterer's for now. Had her isolated, but when I went to go check on her this morning, I found she had expired. Poor thing. Will continue treating the flock as a protective measure, even though none currently show any similar signs of respiratory distress. Guess I waited too long before trying to treat her. Also picked up some other meds so that I can have an assortment on hand in case of any future issues that may arise. When I buy chicks or pullets, would you suggest immediately putting them on an antibiotic regimen as well as quarantine? I really don't want to lose any more birds for such a preventable issue. Again, thank you so much for your quick response and sorry for the delay in getting back to you. 

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In the future I don't recommend feeding fruits to an ailing chick, it doesn't have the nutrients needed to sustain a chick. You might try wet feed instead. If you're interested, check out fermented feed. Also, electrolytes (can be homemade), might be good to help them get some energy to recover.

 

I bought 2 Swedish Flower chick from Craigslist. Neither 1 of them is actually Swedish Flower! :somad

 

I am sorry for your loss. And welcome to byc, a wonderful, helping community!

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So much information...I'm overwhelmed! Thanks for the fruit info. Next time I will go with the wet feed, as I always have growth crumbles on hand. I was so bummed out today that I went and got two more pullets. And I immediately quarantined and started meds in their water. Just in case. Added a Legbar and Americanus to the growing collection. Thanks again!!

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So much information...I'm overwhelmed! Thanks for the fruit info. Next time I will go with the wet feed, as I always have growth crumbles on hand. I was so bummed out today that I went and got two more pullets. And I immediately quarantined and started meds in their water. Just in case. Added a Legbar and Americanus to the growing collection. Thanks again!!

Wow, where are you getting so many rare breeds? I'm a little jealous... :love

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It's actually pretty funny, as I'm from the Jersey Shore. Evidently, there are a lot of people here in New Jersey that are seriously getting into raising chickens. I was fortunate to connect with a frustrated hobby chicken farmer, that over time has grown his hobby to include breeding his own birds, as well as learning the other serious breeders in our area. He will purchase certain breeds and hatch, breed and sell pullets, while keeping the best for breeding purposes. I just call every month or so and see what  he has hatched recently. I currently have 10 varieties and hope to get a few more. I just like the nicer birds, not overly concerned about egg production. I enjoy just kicking back and watching them act like idiots after a long day...that's my amusement.

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Nice, :cool:

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