1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others?
-Salmon Faverolle, 6 weeks - yes it definitely is smaller and lighter than the others.
2) What is the behavior, exactly?
-When she was around 3 weeks old we picked up another chick from the feed store. About a week later we moved them into the garage. Around the same time she had her first trip outside. After moving them into the garage we noticed she spent most of her time fluffed up and cold looking. She always has eaten and drank plenty, however she does sometimes get pushed out at the feeder. She is pretty good at getting back in there though...
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
- about 3 weeks.
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma?
- A couple mornings this week she has had a red, swollen eye (one morning her right eye, the other her left eye). We cleaned them well and both times it was normal again by the evening. She had been getting water/food in the down around her eye and both times a piece of down was matted up by her eye. So I think it may have been red from her scratching and the others picking at it. I gave the matted piece a snip with the scissors on both occasions and the problem hasn't recurred. Other than that no.
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation?
- Added a new chick, moved brooder to garage (colder).
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all>?
- Medicated starter mash (not sure what brand, but it has amprolium and ethopabate) and plain water - refreshed at least once a day, usually twice.
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny?
- normal, I have seen one watery poop when i was holding her (she was a little stressed cause I was checking her over for peck marks and mites) and her next poop was normal. Last night I saw her poop and it had just a little bit of intestinal lining in it. (pictures of both poops below)
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
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?
- Since it has been going on for 3 weeks and she seems to be better now than she was at the beginning I would prefer to let it go. But I have no experience with this...hence the post.
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
- Pictures of her fluffed up below, one of her swollen eye, plus a couple poop pictures
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
- 3'x4' (2 feet deep) wood shipping box with pine shavings.
Thanks for taking the time to read that if you got this far! I am basically just wondering if she maybe has or had cocci but is recovering, or if it is a persistent low-grade cocci infection (is that even possible?) or if it is maybe something else entirely. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
This fluffed up picture is from a week ago. As I checked on them last night it seemed like she was fluffing less, moving around a bit more and was definitely still eating and drinking quite a bit.
This is a picture of her eye from last weekend. This was the morning after the night the heat lamp blew out and I had to use a 75W incandescent bulb for heat. I think the food/water caked around her eye (mentioned above) started her or one of the others to scratch or pick at it, then it got a little red and with the white light I think it got pecked a few times. But as I said, by the afternoon/evening it looked normal again.
Watery poop, taken same night as fluffy picture above. Her next poop was totally normal, I also wiped up the watery poop with a paper towel so I could see if there was any blood tinge and there wasn't any.
This is a poop from last night with some what I assume to be intestinal lining in it. It definitely was not blood as I pinched it in the paper towel and the pink parts held form, they were definitely tissue.
Thank you very much in advance for any help you can offer!