Buff Orpington not acting right - VERY droopy- advice please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lowder, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Lowder

    Lowder New Egg

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    Hi,

    I'm fairly new to owning chickens. I've had my girls for about a year now. Two days ago I noticed my buff orpington wasn't acting quite right. She wasn't out scratching around with the others. She was just hanging out in the corner of the barn, acting like she was sleepy. She did make it to the coop that night and roosted, but when I let them out the following morning, she was still roosting, not clamoring at the door as usual. She finally made her way out of the coop, but later that day (this was yesterday) I found her in a corner again acting very droopy. I decided to put her in a separate pen with food and water because I'm not sure if she's eating or drinking. I really expected to not find her alive this morning when I went out there, but she still is. I don't think she's eating or drinking, though, just sitting up on a box like she's roosting and keeps closing her eyes and acting like she's nodding off. If I go in a talk to her she opens her eyes and kind of talks to me, but that's it. I tried to get her to drink some water but she refused it. Any thoughts??? My others are acting fine. I did just have one of my girls get a little broody. I don't have a rooster, so I kept kicking her off the nest. This did disrupt everyone as far as laying goes. Could that have anything to do with the problem? The only other thing I can think of is she did kind of get stepped on the other day by one of my goats. I didn't really think anything of it at the time because she just scooted out of the way. There's no outward sign that she's injured, but could something have happened internally? Thanks for any advice!!
     
  2. dawg53

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    I recommend you inspect her for lice/mites. You might also consider worming her with valbazen or safeguard liquid goat wormer.
     
  3. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is exactly what mine is doing. See my post titled Need Some Help Please. I know I stepped on mine. But I had 2 die last week and something made them die. I stepped on her when I went in and saw the dead one in the coop and was freaking out and picking it up to go bury it, stepped backwards and right on her little foot. She has huddled up in the corner since then. She is separated now. Like you I expect her to have passed when I go out each morning (since Saturday) and she is still alive but the same.

    Per the answers I received today, I got some Sulmet to treat for Cocci and have given her a dropper full and also tried to feed her some yolk from a boiled egg mixed with water in a syringe. Even tho all I have seen is a limp. I just dont know, time will tell I guess. Best of luck to you with yours.
     

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