In the Brooder
- Apr 3, 2013
My one year old bantam, Teeny, was noticed last night right before bed time being a little off- she was just standing around (she usually very active and foraging the last before heading to the coop). I did a quick exam on her and didn't notice anything that seemed wrong, no bound egg, full crop, eyes & nose look good. However, she refused food (apple sauce and meal worms- her favorite).
This AM she is refusing food and water. Of most concern, she had shaken her head a few times and a clear foam comes out. She is smacking her mouth like she is eating, and also seems to be taking an occasional deep breath from her beak. Her crop is empty- no foul breathe smell, and she seems to have normal droppings.
My initial thought is that she has ingested some kind of toxin. We have a ton of mature oleanders in our yard, which are obviously poisonous. Though, they are smart and understand they don't eat them (perhaps she did accidentally). I tried to give her 0.1 CC of Nutri-drench by mouth, but minutes later it appears it came up with the foam in her mouth- I don't think anything got in her.
What course of action should I take? Chicken vet is closed on Sundays, and frankly I've taken 2 chickens to the vet both with frustrating outcomes of $200+ bills and no diagnosis.
I have brought her in the house and set her in the quiet bathroom, it's going to be very hot outside today. She is also very skiddish and seems stressed when I handle her.
Thank you to anyone for guidance. This forum is a terrific resource.