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3 swollen red lumps on the side of silkies face

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My silkie hen, 2 years old, was in the coop last night today when i went out i found her in the corner of our enclosure up against the duck house, she is laying in a towel in my house with heating packets to warm her up, she was cold and wet with three red lumps on one side of her face.  they aren't big, less then the size of the top of your pinkie, and her feet are a little swollen, she's acting really bad and i don't know how much longer she has.  No one is the flock is acting up, they have food, they have clean water, it's been cold here and we had freezing rain last night.  I've tried giving her water, but she's almost completely unresponsive. i need help ASAP


Edited by ClaireandFamily - 12/17/16 at 8:58am
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Welcome to BYC. Bring her inside to get warm in a basket or crate. Oh you have done that already. Tempt her to eat with some chopped egg, canned tuna, or bits of meat. Add some warm water to a bowl of feed to make it like thin oatmeal. If she still won't eat, give her some water with a dropper or spoon a drop at a time. If you have a local vet hospital, take her in. Can you get a picture of her face and feet? It sounds very grave, but I hope you can save her. Swollen feet may be due to joint infection, gout, or other causes. 

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we don't have a vet to take her to, her feet look a little bit like leg mites, but not that bad, we've tried to feed her scrambled eggs but she won't eat, she's inside in a towel with hot water bottles and heating packets, we've given her a drink, but we didn't won't to risk drowning her, i can see what i can do about a picture but the spots are light red on her black skin, the area where they are is mostly clear of feathers, she lost about half her weight, she's small so she's weighs almost nothing now, her eyes still look fine as well as her vent and mouth

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You may want to tube feed her until she is better. A piece of aquarium air tubing from Walmart, melted on one end to round off sharp edges can be fashioned into a feeding tube, and connected to a large syringe for giving fluids and thinned feed. Here is a good link to read:

http://www.hopkinslivestock.com/oral_dosing_article.htm

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding

 

oral_d5.jpg Avoiding the large hole (trachea or windpipe) is key, and aiming for the back of the throat to the left is good.


Edited by Eggcessive - 12/17/16 at 9:47am
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