9 week old Leghorn not standing/eating/drinking - Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by janetdieter, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. janetdieter

    janetdieter Chirping

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    I'm a newbie. Tonight I went out to close the hen house up and one chicken was laying on her side and the others were walking on her. Butt is clear. Help!
     
  2. janetdieter

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    I'm examining her closer. Her crop has something in it. She is missing feathers under her wings.
     
  3. janetdieter

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    She will not drink - I just dunked her beak in the water. I tried massaging her crop and after a bit she pecked at me. At least she showed a little spunk.
     
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  4. janetdieter

    janetdieter Chirping

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    I still need help! I've gotten her to drink a little water with Vetrx in it, and now pedialite. Don't know what else to do.

    I could use some advice:

    What do chickens look like that have mites/lice?

    Could they need to be wormed?

    Thanks!
     
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  5. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I’m so sorry you haven’t gotten help. This is a dire situation. First and foremost, bring her inside for warmth and so you can monitor her. Sadly, she may not make it. I’m sorry. There are many things it could be, but coccidiosis or Marek’s come to mind. Yes, worms or mites are also possible. Can you have a fecal float done on her poop at a local vet? Are these your first chicks? Where did you get them? What are they eating and what are their living conditions like? If they eat anything g besides crumble, do they have access to grit? Is her crop emptying g properly? How does her poop look? Are there any other local chickens from which they could have contracted a disease? Sorry about all the questions. Trying to help narrow it down. You can look for mites in the coop at night with a flashlight. Good luck. Please keep us posted.
     
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  6. janetdieter

    janetdieter Chirping

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    Thank you! I did bring her inside. I didn’t know if it was respiratory so I got her to drink some water with some Vet RX in it. It said you could rub a little under her wings and when I lifted her wing to do that I noticed she had no feathers under her wings. My husband ran to the store and got some Pedialyte, and I have been able to get her to drink some of that but not a lot. I gave her a little bit of yogurt since I had no probiotics around. The only thing she can do is lay on her side with her legs straight out. She had one poop last night and the smell was horrible. I got up several times overnight to make sure she got a little drink of pedialyte. Now this morning she pooped again, and while it was still soft it did not smell!

    These are my first chicks ever. There are no other chickens in my neighborhood. I have had these for four weeks now. My other five chickens are still healthy and fine. I got them as four week old pullets from Murray McMurray. They were all vaccinated against Marek’s

    They eat whatever non-medicated feed I got at Farm and Fleet (starter/grower). They have grit.

    I wonder if it’s a skin infection?

    I’m encourged because of the change in her poop.
     
  7. janetdieter

    janetdieter Chirping

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    I should mention that she does kick her legs around and try to flap her wings. She just cannot stand up. When I pick her up and hold her on her feet her feet are not in the proper position and she cannot support herself. But she can move her legs and wings.
     
  8. AnneInTheBurbs

    AnneInTheBurbs Crowing

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you should look up the symptoms of Mareks.
     
  9. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    Yes not being able to stand indicates leg injury or some form of paralysis, otherwise extreme weakness. This does not sound good, unfortunately.
     
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  10. janetdieter

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    Will they still get it if they’ve been vaccinated?
     

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