8 weeker lethargic for 3 or 4 days and just dies

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bedste, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bingley (8 week Wheaten Ameraucana) has been sad and lethargic for 3 or 4 days. Found him sitting alone, hiding in coop in the dark... face in corner.. Started him on polyvisol vitamins last night.... had three doses.. seemed to have a happier look on his face. Eating and drinking just fine. I went to town to run errands and pick up vitamins for the entire flock to add to their water. They need it. Everyone was vaccinated for fowl pox on October 27th so I figured they could all use the vitamins. I left him alone for 2 hours and when I come home he is behind the wood where he hides sometimes and he is dead. So sad... I do not know why he died. Should I worry about the rest?
     
  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Please give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    5) What is the diet, specifically ... what kind of feed, treats, etc?
    What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    8 ) 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?
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use, size of coop and run and how many chickens in the area.
    11) Have you wormed your bird?
    12) Have you lifted the bird, does it feel heavy or light? Checked for mites and lice?
    13) Is it possible the bird could have been eating compost, rotted vegetation, fungus, mold, etc?
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  3. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Are the wings kinda droopy? Any blood in the droppings? Commonly (though not always), lethargic, dying chicks have coccidia (treatable with Sulmet or any other coccidia killing drug).

    Definitely more info is helpful to actually pin pint the problem. [​IMG] Sorry you lost your chick! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  4. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    8 week old Wheaten Ameracauna
    lathargic
    no signs of injury
    nothing happened to my knowledge
    medicated start and grow, occasional scratch and bread crumbs
    eating just fine and drinking
    blood in poop but thought it was from a newly laying pullet
    polyvisol infant vitamins is all that I have given him
    the bird felt very light weight
    HE DIED

    Sorry I did not add all the correct info

    I was upset about the lose and needed to know if I should worry about the rest of the flock ....

    My DF let me know that it was cocci and I have purchased cordid and added it to the water... I have seen almost everyone drinking water this morning.
    I also added cream and buttermilk to the feed and all are pigging out.....

    I pray that no one else dies

    I know I can not collect eggs for 3 weeks now..... (2 weeks and 5 days) but can I cook them and give them to the chickens?
     
  5. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just found another chicken feet up still breathing in the bottom of the henhouse..... This is day TWO of the medicated cocci water...... Can I expect to keep loosing more and more .... ? anyone have a clue?

    This time it was my 22 week old bantam pullet........ I had noticed her earlier staring at the corner with diareaha around her.... no blood anywhere... she was lightweight and lathargic.... OMG what else can I do..... while I am medicating them with the water....?

    should I give this 5 days to work.....? Cordid .... or should I go ahead and get something else now before more die?
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Have they been wormed? have you checked for lice and mites? What kind of bedding do you have? have they had access to mold, fungus, compost, rotting vegetation, etc?
     
  7. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give them vegetables but never rotten..... they have low ground full of mosquitoes in the back 40 behind their coop.... They have all been vaccinated against Fowl Pox the last week of October.... they have ceramic tiles laying in the yard to help them stay dry...... they have hay for their nest and bedding... They get apple cider vinegar in their water weekly but I stopped that when we had to add cordid to the water.... they are getting bottled water... reverse osmosis because the tap is horrible.... They have been in the same "brand new coop" since July.... rainy season brought on mosquitoes and fowl pox.... cocci is new to us.... Bantam that is close to death is a 22 weeker.... 8 weeker died yesterday
     

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