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15 week old golden comet dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1 chicken man, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. 1 chicken man

    1 chicken man Hatching

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    I have a 15 week old golden comet that was acting as if equilibrium was screwed up labored breathing laphargic no balance within three hours we lost her

    any comments

    The other chickens two Rhode Island Reds one golden comet and all acting as if nothing is wrong
     

  2. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

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    It sounds like your bird may have had a neurological problem. If she lost the ability to walk, however, it could be related to Marek's.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Loss of balance and lethargic behavior can be a sign of dehydration or coccidiosis. If it is hot where you live, make sure that your water is in the shade, and you may want to change it in the late afternoon to make sure they drink well before going to roost. Put out multiple water bowls in the shade, and add some ice or frozen water bottles on hot days. Coccidiosis can be common in young chickens under 20 weeks old while they are building up a tolerance for the cocci in the soil. Not eating, runny or blood in poops, lethargy, and hunched posture can be signs. Corid (amprollium) which is a cattle medicine is the treatment used in the water for 5 days.
     

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