Originally Posted by getreal
this what I have been doing...when I found out what she has she wa already unable to stand. I started her with nutri drench and then eye droppers of water and egg yolk/milk mix. I then made a soup out of pellets and milk and give her that with an eyedropper as well. the more I found out from reading here I added a 16th of a prednisone tablet I had left from my cat. that seemed to make an amazing difference in her. before she was almost in a comatose state. then she perked up. I also made her a little splint out of paper towel. so I finally got some vit E yesterday so I added that one caplet ( I mix it with a tad bit of poweraide) in an eyedropper in the morning. by afternoon she was eating it from a little cup I have to hold in front of her. yesterday I mixed her pellets with milk then added water and egg yolk and mixed in a 16th of a tab of prednisone. she is eating about 4 tablespoons a feeding now. she still doesn't want the water alone. a couple sips of poweraide here and there. she is more active now but sits up until she goes over backward. I tried making a sling but she wasn't comfortable and it was stressing her out so I just tuck towels around her and higher in the back so she can't flip. I lost another one a week ago. I had no clue what was wrong with her. Should I be adding something to the whole flock to prevent this? why is it happening in the first place? I give them all flock feed pellets. I started my flock on that a year ago when we still had ducks. I tried switching when I rehomed the ducks but the hens wouldn't eat it so I went back. the silkies have been on it since they finished the medicated crumbles this spring. I put vinegar in their water or sometimes the probiotic powder. they get a handful or so of scratch every day and they have a flock block in the run. Am I forgetting something?
I am wondering the best way to keep her comfortable,,,first I had her surrounded by rolled towels, but she got down under them during the night and got over heated. she was panting when I checked on her. so yesterday I designed a sling out of a flour sack towel. that seemed to work well. I put a towel under her so she wasn't totally suspended all night. but she managed to squirm around enough that she was overheated again. we have wood heat so it can get quite warm in here. would taking all the towels out and letting her lay on her side be better? maybe a towel under her head? she looks so pitiful...