Can you help with these symptoms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kacey's Krazee's, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Normangee, Texas
    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Pullet. 8 wks weight unknown
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. She has been standing on one foot, and then the other. Not just one side or the other. She has been keeping her right eye closed, but it doesn't appear to have anything in it, or changing color. She is somewhat quiet, not at the stage of being all fluffed up. She was mixing in with the others, but still hanging off to the side.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I had one last week, that was standing with her foot up in the air, and closed eye. I thought possibly was cold from the night before, and put her in my jacket for awhile to warm up, and she appeared to be okay after that. Unsure if this is the same pullet as then. I haven't seen any other problems since then with any of the girls.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? no, not at this time
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. she has been eating her chick food, and water. Not having to force her at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Looks normal
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? brought her inside to obsurve, and heat her up, to ensure not just cold related
    10 ) 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?
    I would prefer to treat her myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. Their coop is a new one, that is raised off the ground @ 3 ft. I have lino on the floor, and we use pine shavings. This coop was used by my original flock, for a short time. They used it to lay eggs in.

    Just to add a little more info, my original flock has been innoculated for Mareks at hatch time. They used the same coop, and run as these girls are now using. This flock has not been innoculated for Mareks. Will this in itself, put the new flock at risk for Mareks? They are seperate, but run next to each other to help with integration at a later time.

    I would appreciate your input on this little girl. She is still isolated from the others, inside of the house. She doesn't seem any better or any worse than yesterday. Maybe a little better in the eye area. Not closing as often as yesterday.

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You know, it could very well be as simple as having been pecked in or near the eye, and she is sore as a result.

    The weight question really means, does she seem thin, as, in comparison to the rest of your birds. Does her breast bone stick out a lot more than the others' or does she feel lighter than others of her breed. Like that.

    I'll give you a link to basic chicken diseases, anyway. Some of the respiratory diseases start with eye problems. I've never dealt with one so wouldn't try to comment in this area. And if she doesn't have any other symptoms and no one else has symptoms, I sure wouldn't get worried about this being the problem.

    You could put a little Neosporin near the eye; won't hurt if it gets in the eye. Or pick up a tube of antibiotic ophthalmic ointment at the feed store. If nothing else, she will feel a little better.

    Anyway, this is a handy link to have: There's a brief section on Marek's in there, too.
  3. Kacey's Krazee's

    Kacey's Krazee's Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Normangee, Texas
    I have decided to leave her in for the night again. I waivered too long today trying to decide if that is where she needs to be. I will give her another night of staying warm to see if any thing changes.

    Does any one know if my original flock that was innoculated for maerks, but this one wasn't, if that will be a problem? Will they introduce the virus to the new ones?


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