I'll follow down the list of questions first, then add info:
1) What type of bird , age and weight. Silkie, pullet, ~5mos old, average condition
2) What is the behavior, exactly. The pullets left leg is rigid, and sticking straight out in front of her. Pretty much immobile. She is very bright and alert, seems content at this point in time.
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 24ish hours
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? no, it appears to be an injury.
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. I can't find a break, or swelling. She gets very upset when I palpate above the hip area.
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I found her this way, in the pen with other. I speculate she got run over, or someone stepped on her foot feathering at the wrong time?
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. She's eating and drinking very well, starter, chicken, eggs, sunflower seed, greens, etc. Drinking plenty of water.
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Poop is normal
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? I have her in a cage in the house (on my coffee table, sigh), she is on a 'nest' of towels. I keep her cleaned up as she eliminates. I gave her a few drops of polyvisol yesterday, and a couple today. Put some flower essence on her skin when I found her, as she was in distress. She looked 'shocky' to me. I held her, got her to drink, and dug a couple of worms to get her to eat, successfully, the movement stimulated her enough to eat.
10 ) 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? I will have to treat her myself, no 'chicken' knowledgeable vets around here.
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. No pics now, will attempt some whenever DH gets home from work tonight.
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. She was in a large pen in a shed, very large area of the south and east walls open and covered with hardware cloth (think fort knox). Pine shavings for bedding, 4-6 inches. 3 other silkies close in age, 8 LF pullets, and a bantam cochin. They all get along very well.
Hi, I found this little girl yesterday afternoon on one of my trips through the shed. I saw her foot feathers (she has a lot) sticking out 'too much' in front of her, just happened to catch my eye. I'd like to think I would have noticed in the am, when I feed, water and do a check, but who knows.. I pulled her out quickly, without fuss. She looked shocky, her eyes were dull and not as open as normal. I thought starting to dehydrate. I got her to drink tiny amounts, held her(she calms) and dug a few small worms. The movement stimulated her pecking at them in my hand, and she ate them, and then began to drink normally. She can't stand up on this leg, it sticks out in front of her, rigidly. She has strength and movement in it when I hold her, but she sits with it out in front of her. I have her settled on a nest of hand towels in a cage. I keep food and water in front of her on a hand towel folded to raise it a bit.
She's very alert and interested in everything going on, enjoys watching out the window, and having a human hanging with her. Happy to be hand fed.
I'm scared for her.
Edited by starina - 6/17/11 at 4:58am