A suddenly sick chick, listless behavior though eats from hand, weak, and sits inert and leans to on

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by caryn, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. caryn

    caryn New Egg

    Mar 10, 2013
    Washington State
    Hi there, I have a small mixed flock of bantys, all between 8 mos. to a year old. Yesterday one of my japanese banty's caught my eye because she had not flown up to the roost with her brethren when I was putting them to bed, but was hanging out at the bottom of the coop with the 2 silkies (unusual behavior.) She spent today free ranging with the flock, and came back to the pen close to dusk with everyone, but didn't go into the coop like the rest. She didn't budge when I approached her, and didn't protest being picked up ( both unusual behaviors for this girl.)

    I segregated her in a warm place inside my studio, and currently have her in a pet carrier with water and a little food. I did some online research and did the following: checked her vent for parasites and obstructions, neither of which were the case. Rinsed it with warm water just in case i was missing something. Skin look healthy and pink. Checked her all over for injury: none. Felt around for her crop, which didn't seem hard (if indeed I got the crop!) But when i set her down she just lay there, and rolled over on her side a little. I got her to drink a little by putting her beak near the water bowl, and she seemed happy to eat some meal worms, especially wet mash of them. Assuming she's still with us in the morning, what should I do next? I am very new to all this, and lost 2 other chickens over the winter to similar behavior, but at different times and nothing that was passed on to the other girls. Help please!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    is it possiable that she has cocidosis? not all cocci will present bloody stool. espically not in the beginning. thete is different strains of cocci. id try giving corid asap.it kills all strains of cocci while other meds just kill some strains if shes not showing any signs of respitory illness or havimg trouble breathing, my guess would be cocci. id try corid asap. hopefully this helps.best wishes. take a look at coccidosis onlie and see if it fits her symptoms. remember they don't always get bloody stool right away. i sure hppe she gets better soon !

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