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4 months old naked neck swinging head, clear nasal discharge

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dudu, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Dudu

    Dudu Songster

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ħal Luqa, Malta
    We have a naked neck, about 4 months old who is acting very sick. I am surprised she was still alive last night.

    The weakness was coming on gradually over the course of about 10 days, but I assumed she was just slower than others. (I am NEW to chickens...)

    We separated her a couple of days ago when I caught her and saw how weak she is.

    She does have clear discharge from nostrils now and her beak is kinda smelly, kind of like when you have sore throat.

    She is keeping one of her eyes closed and right now it looks a bit inflamed and a bit shrunk around the eye, wet also.

    She's mostly standing and sleeping, but when she's awake or disturbed she begins to swing her head and tilt it sideways and almost backwards, it looks almost like she has something that she's trying to get rid of.

    Reading on here I see that I need to check her closely for mites etc, but we treated them all for those (spraying with a horse solution containing Permethrin) (and also dewormed with Piperazine) about a month ago.

    Her poop seems normal, maybe a little more watery but not anything weird to mention. There WAS some yellow poop, looking very much like an egg yolk, in her crate, I have no idea what it is (it's kinda dried up) but it could be from someone else who would have landed upon her crate. Maybe laid and egg and destroyed it etc.

    She is eating and I assume drinking also, but all interspersed with this strange "wandering" behaviour, like she doesn't know where she is, and swinging her head.

    Last week we had another chickie, about 4 months also, pass away (being very weak and not eating, and very thin.)

    I know that there is a million of topics with similar symptoms, but thought I'd post as I'm feeling so helpless. I am new to this country, my partner tells me that they have ceased testing birds at the government lab where he used to work, I feel so bad that I can't do anything for these babies. I can hardly believe that it's impossible to test a bird in a country so I will have to research more on this subject. A vet offered to send the remains of any chicken to the UK (!) to be tested, it costs about 60 EUR (about 85 USD).

    If anything comes to mind, please do comment, and thanks for listening.

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011

  2. AmyBella

    AmyBella Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Western MA
  3. Dudu

    Dudu Songster

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ħal Luqa, Malta
    Thanks a lot, before even looking here I remembered reading about it earlier and the symptoms are exactly like Coryza. Where did she get it from, geez.... I am doing for her what I can right now. Thank you lots.

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