Thanks for asking. Cuddles Update:
She was slowly declining & stopped eating/drinking.
I had to do something & tube fed some liquids Tues night.
On Wed, I bought baby bird powder mix & gave 20-30cc twice. (Not how I planned to spend my B-day.)
On Thurs, I tube fed 30ccs 3xs. Boy, is she feisty & fighting me! On the plus side, she pooped solid about 4xs. Perhaps the Corid is doing something.
I even took out my microscope & tried my luck at a fecal float. (Unfortunately my 15+ yr old light bulb burned out, so I had to borrow my daughter's.) I found some oval eggs & thin worms. Couldn't see details through the scratched up toy lenses, but I decided to buy a good wormer as soon as I finish the Corid treatment. Instead of "Strike III" I'm thinking liquid Safeguard for goats (Fenbendazole). I'll be near a feed store this weekend.
She pooped solid 2x overnight
She's walking around, preening herself, turns her head to me when I say her name, & even pecks at crud on the floor. What she's NOT doing is eating.
My sweet, docile Cuddles is normally very pushy when it comes to treats. (I think its an orp thing!) She's very big & uses her size advantage to get more than her fair share. (That's how I knew something was wrong last Fri. She quietly ate rather than devoured.) Her fav is usually bread & scratch grains.
I tried scrambled eggs, wet crumbles, baby bird food, bread & yogurt. I tried warm, cooked oatmeal this morning- nope. I had a little luck with a grape. She ate about 1/2 - as long as I held it. As soon as I put it down, she walked away.Likewise with a leftover Brown's Chicken biscuit.
I've been letting her out when I'm in the basement on my computer. She's been walking over to the sliding door & staring outside. She also pecks around at the floor. I really wish she'd eat some of the food I offered rather than mystery dirt-crumbs from the floor. The area by the sliding door is where we store our backyard shoes. It's ALWAYS dirty.
She still does occasional head shakes & beak yawns. It's mostly when eating Does anyone have an idea for an irresistible chicken treat? I feel if I can get her to eat, she might pull through the other treatments.
Meanwhile, my son's school called. He caught pink eye. Gotta love Kindergarten!
And guess who decided to go broody again? Yes, little Cookie turned back into "Cookie Monster."
It's not my fault that some orpington & EE eggs ended up in her nest and are being incubated. I kept my promise about not using the incubators until 2016. Cookie never made such a promise. Honestly, I think she has an incubation addiction. BONUS- I wanted to find out if my roos were doing their job, so I guess I'll have an answer in a few weeks.
Sounds like she is improving, great job! Definitely mealworms or an earthworm for treats.
Wow no kidding! Mine are under the cars, on the porch, anywhere they can staying out of the rain. Had to bring in 2 WL teenies that were obviously chilled, peeping and huddled on the porch. Ducks and geese think its great, of course!
Oh; One other weird symptom = she frequently makes a weird eating noise with her mouth. The best way I can describe it is like when a hen eats something soft & sloppy - like yogurt. I never saw that in any list of symptoms. It happens almost everytime I offer food. She makes a mouthy tongue noise while quickly open/closing her beak.
Thats strange, have not heard of that either. Maybe there is something stuck under the toungue or in the throat?