chicken with droopy wing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by new chick 203, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

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    My 10 week old BLRW roo has a droopy wing, to the point of almost dragging it. I noticed it right before bed last night and hoped it would be better this morning but it wasn't. He has no other symptoms and is eating. I have isolated him till I know what's going on. From what I read on BYC is suspect either an injury, botulism, or Mereks. I hope one of you kind folks can help by sweet boy. Here are the facts:
    1. They are on grower feed with some daily treats of BOSS, Meal worms or fruit.
    2. bedding in coop is coffee chaff, coop cleaned up daily and bedding is dry.
    3. Chickens are in tractor during day and it is moved daily.
    4. They are allowed to range for a short time every day supervised.
    5. My neighbor has their house sprayed by the pest people yesterday, which I wouldn't have mentioned except I did find a dead mouse this morning so...
    6. We are organic, so no pesticides etc.

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    Does he ack lilke it hurts?
     
  3. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

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    not really. I can pick him up and spread it out with no fuss.
     
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    new chick 203 Songster

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    He does have runny poo too.
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Cocci is a possibility. Or that poison from the neighbor.
     
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    If it was Mereks wouldn't it be progressing?
     
  7. new chick 203

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    Quote:I just took a look at the photos of what Cocci poops look like and thank goodness Bertie's doesn't look like that. His is runny, but not funky colored. I hope he didn't eat a poisoned mouse. Does anyone know what the symptoms for that would be?
     
  8. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    Something may have bitten him or stung him... look closely at his side where the wing droops, and see if he has a knot or bumps where some nasty critter my have bit & stung him...
     
  9. new chick 203

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    I can't find anything. there are some broken feathers. I just got off the phone with a vet that thinks it's probably an injury caused by the others picking on him. we'll see what the morning brings. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks everyone.
     
  10. chkn

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    I have one that's a little like that. Seems someone said here sometimes ones wing feathers grow faster and to tape the wing for support? I'm not sure, you'd better search the forum on that. It seems a little traumatic for a chicken but you do what you have to do.

    Now I had another one (adult) that seemed to hold a wing out and I think it drooped a bit. I examined the wing later and the main joint was definitely swelled. Upon looking at the skin underneath, it was bright green!!! Almost the whole wing was this color.

    I gave her aspirin (think baby aspirin if you decide she needs it). Anyway, it cleared it up. I don't know how you can 'clear up' gangrene. I don't know what else it could have been. Later I thought maybe it was a blood clot because I didn't see any real injury. So I got lucky with the aspirin.

    I know what you could try 1) examine the wing skin and all and 2) trim the feathers on the wing. Sometimes I will trim them so they can't fly over one of our enclosures. Be careful though, you don't want to clip too far, you don't want to hit bone, just feathers. Maybe an inch or so?

    They will grow back eventually after about a season.
     

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