Chook on antibiotics going downhill, please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bijoux, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Bijoux

    Bijoux New Egg

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've stalked this site for years but just signed up tonight because I cannot find any explanation for my chook's illness.

    We got her from a neighbour roughly three weeks ago, not sure of her age or breed (though suspect she's an australorp cross). Originally she was bony and lethargic and not eating, plus she was doing green and yellow watery poos. She also deposited a strange fleshy mass that was yellow in colour and squishy. We took her to the vets and they did some tests and said she had an 'inflamed gut' and gave us some antibiotics. She perked up while on treatment and even began eating again, also did some wandering/scratching around the yard.

    Shortly after her last dose of antibiotics she went downhill again, so the vet gave us some more antibiotics to give her. They don't seem to be helping at all. She no longer wants to eat/drink, spends all day snoozing, and has been doing (different) unhealthy, discolored poos - they almost look like intestinal shedding. Since yesterday she has had a clear, slimy, thick fluid collecting in her beak and down her throat. This fluid does not smell unpleasant - no more than usual chook breath - but has a strong odor of her antibiotics.

    Is it possible to have "overdosed" her on antibiotics? Or could she be suffering from something else? We've been force feeding her wet bread and pellets and have been giving her whey to drink (plus normal water) as this has helped our sick chooks in the past.

    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! This girl still seems vibrant and alert when awake, so we're hoping she is curable. Thanks in advance.

    Below are some images of her fleshy looking poos.

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    Do you have a photo of the "deposit" she made - strange fleshy mass?

    Without seeing it, it sounds like she may have laid a "lash egg". Lash Egg or Salpingitis is an inflammation of the reproductive system (oviduct). Antibiotic treatment in Salpingitis is usually not effective, but may help for a short period of time.


    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/03/causes-of-lash-eggs-salpingitis-by.html
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/p...ingitis_in_poultry.html?qt=salpingitis&alt=sh
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/134/salpingitis/
     
  3. Bijoux

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    Thank you Wyorp Rock, sorry I'm so late replying.

    Sadly the sweet girl ended up passing away the same night that I posted. I suspect you are right about her condition though.

    I had never heard of Salpingitis before, but I have noticed lash eggs in my chook house in the past. I can at least be wary of that now and keep a better eye out for it, so thank you very much for telling me about it. Always striving to make life better for my girls (and boys).

    Thank you again.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss[​IMG]
     

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