I have a bird that is presenting as "sick chicken" in the textbook-unhelpful way that poultry seem to do. Below are details, but I'm looking for a list of generally helpful measures that could be beneficial to the bird in any case, including prophylactic medications you use and differential diagnosis tips. Like a "basic first aid" manual for chickens who are off their feed but don't need anything excised with a penknife, yet.
1) What type of bird , age and weight.
Brown leghorn hen, 1.5 years. Don't know weight. Seems appropriate in comparison with our other leghorn.
2) What is the behavior, exactly.
Lethargy, sitting fluffed in the coop, avoiding other chickens. She still scratched and perched today.
3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
Lots of broken feathers at the apex of her shoulder, but no wounds.
4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
She's been free ranging in the yard in the afternoons for the last few days. Also, lots of mice in the coop (grrrrrrr) -- can they carry illnesses?
5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
Some crumble, a little water with electrolytes.
6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Vent's clean, signs of yellow poo, but nothing sticky. I'll check her quarantine cell in the morning to see her poo in isolation from the rest of the flock.
7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
Isolation, heat lamp, high-protein chick crumble, electrolytes in water.
8 ) 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?
This is not a crisis, though I know sick chickens can be dead chickens in short order. We'll treat at home. The last euthanization bill was $250, so we'll only go to a vet in extremis.
9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
[imagine a fluffy leghorn with half-closed eyes]
10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
Indoor coop (in garage) with straw, outdoor run with dirt and fresh grass clippings. They're out in the yard for 4-6 hours/day, too.
Thanks for any basics that I can apply now and in the future!
- Kerri (& Kasha, in the "sicko box" dog crate)
Edited by StPaulieGirls - 5/10/09 at 7:07pm