1 yr old Rooster, listless, not eating, bright green poo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by myfester, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. myfester

    myfester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 1 year old Polish Roo. Suddenly, yesterday, he would not come out of the coop, just stayed on the perch all day.

    Today, I checked him over:
    • No signs of injury
    • Not eating or drinking, even treats.
    • Very listless, won't move around
    • Crop totally empty
    • Light green and white poo, very soft (like mashed peas)
    • Lower part of waddles are purple
    • No heavy breathing, sneezing, or discharge
    • Not crowing or making any chicken noises
    • Normal diet consists of Layena (because of the hens) and freerange.

    We do not have any vets around here that treat chickens. Closest one about an hour away (plus it's a weekend, so doubt he's working). I'm trying to force a little food in him, but I need to figure out what is bothering him for him to survive. Any ideas??
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    In my experience, an excessive amount of white in the poop means dehydration and the green is starvation. Can you post a picture of his poop?

    Maybe this will help you, it's a cut and paste from another post of mine:

    You need to keep him in your house where it's warm, get him properly hydrated. He needs 30ml of fluids per kg of body weight 4-6 times a day. Once he is hydrated, he should be tube fed if he is not eating and/or losing weight. Unfortunately, he might have a disease like Mareks', so tubing might not do any good.

    Maybe this will help you, it's a cut and paste from another post of mine:

    When mine get sick, this is what I do:

    • Thorough exam which includes inserting a gloved, lubed finger into the cloaca, check for cuts, bruising lumps etc.
    • Dust for mites/lice with poultry dust even if I cannot see any. DE does not work.
    • Weigh on digital kitchen scale (see avatar), record weight and weigh daily. any weight loss is bad.
    • Place bird in a warm, quiet place on towel with food and water that it can't drown in.
    • De-worm with Safeguard or Panacur, liquid or paste 50mg/kg by mouth and repeat in 10 days.
    • Once warm, if not drinking, and crop is empty, hydrate with warmed Pedialyte or lactated ringers with a feeding tube - 30ml/kg every 6-8 hours.
    • If not eating after 24 hours and crop is empty, tube feed baby bird food mixed with Pedialyte
    • Inspect poop.
    • If I suspect a stuck egg, treat for egg binding.
    • If I suspect a bacterial infection, treat with antibiotics.

    From: http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/avmed/cam/07_emergency_and_critical_care.pdf
    Supportive Care
    SICK-BIRD ENCLOSURES
    Sick birds are often hypothermic and should be placed
    in heated (brooder-type) enclosures



    b (Fig 7.7) in a quiet
    environment (see Chapter 1, Clinical Practice). A temperature
    of 85° F (29° C) with 70% humidity is desirable
    for most sick birds. If brooders are not equipped with a
    humidity source, placing a small dish of water in the
    enclosure will often supply adequate humidity. A moist
    towel that is heated and placed on the bottom of a cage
    or incubator rapidly humidifies the environment, as indicated
    by the fogging of the acrylic cage front.

    FLUID THERAPY
    Oral Administration
    Oral administration is the ideal method of giving fluids.
    This method is more commonly used in mildly dehydrated
    birds or in conjunction with subcutaneous (SC)
    or intravenous (IV) therapy. Oral rehydration (30 ml/kg
    PO q 6-8 h) also may be used in larger birds (eg, waterfowl)
    that are difficult to restrain for parenteral fluid
    therapy
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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