A roo suddenly died!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bricheze, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Bricheze

    Bricheze Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm taking summer classes at a farm. We get parking lot donations where people just give us random animals, or really throw them into our parking lot. We got 3 roosters less then a week ago. Two austrolorps and one brown one, I can't remember what kind it was. Well, over the weekend I come in to train my sheep and there are supposed to be other kids from the class that come in to feed the animals.

    I came in this morning(I didn't come in at all yeasterday because I was to busy) and I ended up helping the student who was doing the feeding. towards the ending of feeding I decided to go feed the parking lot donation animals.

    It was just the 3 roos that I had to feed and water. Well the brown one was laying in the corner and I could tell he was dead. I called my teacher and he said to just throw him in the garbage can and we would talk about it on monday.

    I'm not sure how the little guy died though. They were young not fully grown so it couldn't of been age, he wasn't injured on the outside and so I higly doubt they fought, so he was either sick or he died of dehydration. Yesterday was extremely hot and their water and food dishes were bone dry. I think the kid who was supposed to feed them yesterday didn't. Is there anything else that could of happened?

    I just don't want any of the other roos to die over the weekend. When I go back to do my lamb training tonight I'll double check and make sure they have water. Do you think it could be a disease? Or do you think it was just dehydration? How long would it take a roo to die of dehydration in the 90's and 100's in a small cage with two other roos and no water?
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    It is unconscionable that someone in charge did not ensure that food and especially water was provided. Boiling mad, reading this. Animal cruelty. [​IMG]

    He definitely could have died in one day from heat and no water.

    Thank you for ensuring this doesn't happen again over the weekend. You are a good person. Please feel totally justified in raising your concerns to the powers that be. That poor roo.

    JJ
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Excuse me? Someone left them without food and water? I hope you are in a position to demand action. Very bad form, abuse, neglect...a person who can't perform a chore is under obligation to find someone who can, immediately. I hope you are receiving adequate instruction, sounds 'iffy' to me. Who checks up on the caregivers?
     
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  4. Bricheze

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    if I was the teacher I would freaking expel the student for doing that! To bad I'm not. From now on I will check every single day the teacher isn't there to make sure all of our classes animals are being taken care of. I made special check off sheets to make sure none of the animals would be forgotten. I think he left it at home and tried to wing it! He had my number, I live 5 minutes away, I would of been there ina second to help him, if only he had called!

    Don't worry, if it was his fault, I'll give him a talking to on the morrow.
     
  5. Bricheze

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    Quote:It's a class and we take care of the pigs, sheep, a bull, and the parking lot donations. The farmers check up on all the other animals, but, they wouldn't of checked up on the parking lot donations because half the time they don't know what animals we have. Over the weekend my teacher assigns one student to each day to take care of the animals. If they fail to do their job a different farmer will feed them just really late. They also get 100 points off their grade which is about enough to drop them a grade.

    It isn't my job to check and make sure someone came in and fed the animals. I do anyways because I get there in the morning to train the sheep. I couldn't yesterday because I had to do a job early in the morning and I had to work all night, so I never got a chance to go look in on the animals and train the sheep.

    There is also a chance that their water was spilled as it was properly connected to their cage, but, they also had no feed.
     
  6. Bricheze

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    I know it's horrible that they could of not been fed. Is their any disease that could of done him in? I just want to know so the other 2 don't die as well.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Many things are possible but the most likely scenario was lack of water on a very hot day.

    JJ
     
  8. Bricheze

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    Here is the sick bird sheet:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight-multiple breeds: Young bird, brown colored unsure of species, unknown weight not very heavy tho like less then a pound.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly: He is dead, he was perfectly fine 2 days ago.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation: Stress, he was just dropped off in the parking lot a few days ago. It is possibly that they had no food and water.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking: They had a basic grain and corn mix, when they were allowed out 2 nights ago they found an apple and ate part of it.
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. normal
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? He is dead
    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? Make sure the other 2 don't die as well
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use: They were in a temporary cage, just a basic black bunny rabbit cage. Very small.
     
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  9. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    So saddening and maddening. Would love to know where this happened/who was in charge. Too bad it wasn't somebody caring like you.
    JJ
     
  10. Bricheze

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    So I just got back from the farm. i am pretty much certain he died of heat and lack of water. The two roos still in the cage were in the corner that I found the dead one. It was also the only place with shade, for when the sun sets the light goes directly on them, with basically no shade. I turned around the cage so that way they will have shade until tomorrow when I can figure out someway to protect them until they find a home.
     

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