Originally Posted by 5th chick
I am new to this forum and since I live in Tempe, I feel that chicken owners in AZ have different issues than elsewhere in the country, especially our heat. for the past week my year old Dominique has been acting listless and sleeping a lot. She isn't eating, drinking or very active at all. She seems a bit out of balance and even steps on her own toes. None of is is her normal behavior. the other three hens are fine. She is the sweetest chick and we would hate to lose her. Anyone ever had experience with these symptoms? I do also have a good avian vet if you need one. He saved my Speckled Sussex after she swallowed a live scorpion which stung her on the esophagus on the way down. She had an immediate reaction...paralysis, liquids running out he rear and mouth. I took her right in to the avian vet who knew immediately what was wrong, as by that time she was twitching. He gave her an intervenious anti-venum, and kept her four hours giving her fluids etc. She lived, and was herself after three days. Usually our hens have no problems with scorpions, but this was unique. Just thought i would pass that along.
My husband wanted me to have something to nurture but said a dog would be to costly with food and vet bills...ha, our girls eat a can of corn per day, orzo pasta mixed with 1/2 can of cat food, collard greens, dried mealworms and we have racked up over $600 in vet bills in less than a year on chicks that cost $3-4 a peice. What do others feed their chicks for treats?
I have an App spitz with almost exactly the same symptoms. - Vitamin deficiency.
Poly-vi-sol (*Without iron!) available at the drug store fixes her right up. 3 drops a day for a couple of days and she is good as new.
The head honcho (Carla - Allan Wranch) in the App Spitz forum suggested a maintenance dose once a week which I keep telling myself I'm going to do.
BTW I named her Flopsy from her symptoms.
*** Edited cause I didn't get it right the first time ***
As far as treats - pretty much anything you hand feed them is a treat!
Mine get everything from movie theater left over popcorn (yeah I know - the salt) to veggies from market on the move to table scraps.
They love everything with the exception of some shrimp pellets I had from an old aquarium.
Somewhere on this forum is a list of "Do not feed this stuff to your chickens".
Edited by Mikey D - 7/4/12 at 8:37pm