6mo wyandotte pullet will not eat, feathers ruffled, very little movement

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlazeJester, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight
    Columbian wyandotte, 6mo, normal weight

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    lethargic; standing/lying around, not moving, feathers fluffed up as though cold; acts as though in discomfort when touched/held. one foot is warm to the touch and she shows discomfort when it is touched; the other is cool with no inflammation.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    three days

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    no

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    no

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    just started laying two weeks ago; has not laid since exhibiting lethargic behavior. noticed what looked like egg white on bum feathers, now noticing that she is not eating but still drinking and poop is ; this may have been what I was seeing several days ago noticing her bum was dirty.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    will not eat; prepared cooked egg for her, offered mealworms (she LOVES mealworms), would not eat them
    is drinking; added electrolyte to yesterday's water, will add ACV tomorrow


    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    very watery with some white streaks, now very few green/brown specks of normal poo

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    gave warm water bath in case of egg binding (cannot "feel" an egg but have not attempted to feel inside her vent)
    isolated with own food/water, heat lamp

    have been planning to worm the flock; trying to decide whether to worm her at this time or wait for possible recovery before doing so

    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?
    self-treatment

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    no picture; she is just huddled in the corner all fluffed up.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    housing is 8'x8' hardware cloth covered run with roosts. Substrate is pine shavings over play sand.
     
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  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry I don't have suggestions. How is she doing now?
    I believe the fluffed feathers indicates she could be in shock/pain/infection.
     
  3. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She died last night. Trying to decide whether to open her up and see what was going on.
     
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I wonder if it could have been worms or an internal infection.
     
  5. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to see if I have a knife sharp enough to do the job, and wait until after rigor has passed so I'm not fighting the crouched position she died in (her feet are where I need to cut).
     

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