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post #11 of 18
Have you ruled out coccidiosis, which can cause a failure to thrive? She looks hunched or puffed up like many pictures of it. Instead of bringing her inside, I would leave her with her flock, but in a cage with her own food and water. Bring her outside in the shade with them during the day where she will enjoy their company without being harmed. Symptoms of coccidiosis are lethargy, hunching, poor appetite, and runny droppings with mucus or blood. Corid is the treatment. Does she move her neck normally, up and around? There are skeletal deformities that can cause spinal abnormalities.
post #12 of 18
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Have you ruled out coccidiosis, which can cause a failure to thrive? She looks hunched or puffed up like many pictures of it. Instead of bringing her inside, I would leave her with her flock, but in a cage with her own food and water. Bring her outside in the shade with them during the day where she will enjoy their company without being harmed. Symptoms of coccidiosis are lethargy, hunching, poor appetite, and runny droppings with mucus or blood. Corid is the treatment. Does she move her neck normally, up and around? There are skeletal deformities that can cause spinal abnormalities.

I read a lot about coccidiosis, but her poop looks completely normal! Would it harm her to do a round of Corid just in case?

She can stretch her neck out, but doesn't often. When I had her in our chick box yesterday, she would stretch out and peek out over the top, and when she did, she almost looked normal! Unfortunately, that is not her normal stance. Considering how short her little body is compared to her siblings, we really think it is a deformity. While in our brooder box, she was always just a hair smaller than the rest, but it really started being prevalent when they were about 2 months old. The rest shot up and she just didn't. She stayed short and ball like.
post #13 of 18
Corid is very safe even if she hasn't got coccidiosis. You could also get a stool sample tested at a vet's office, if you just took it in.
post #14 of 18
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Awesome. I bought some today and will get her started! I gotta figure out how to weigh her. I don't have a kitchen scale and she's so little!
post #15 of 18
How is Maybelline?
post #16 of 18
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We are on day 3 of the Corid treatment and a coop all her own, and she is doing SOOOO much better! She has unhunched some and is eating and drinking a ton! She is talking and walking about and looks awesome. I guess it was coccidiosis after all even though she never had weird poop! I had read somewhere that early onset coccidiosis, before the poop changes, had some symptoms like being skin and bones and having a sharp, pointy breast bone. I checked her and sure enough, she had that breastbone.

We are still gonna keep her isolated for a bit until she gains some weight. I got her some really high quality, organic grower feed from a local farm, so hopefully we can get her to gain some weight and strength and she can rejoin her siblings!
Edited by JessiWhite - 6/8/16 at 3:55pm
post #17 of 18
Oh great!!! She looks like such a sweetie. That is so great to hear!! I am about to try Lily on that stuff because she has had little traces of blood in her poop. We shall see if that works. Shes my little dwarf baby <3
post #18 of 18
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Yes! Try it out!
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