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Could this be Mericks? Please help (update much better)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JD, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. JD

    JD Songster

    Sep 10, 2008
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    mutt from white leghorn and white mix rir and asiatic braham rooster, 3 months weight unknown other than healthy weight of 3mo old

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Lethargic, droopy head and doesn't won't to stand long

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Don't know. other 3 3mo old siblings look ok

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    16% medicated starter, fresh water and did eat a mixture of scrambled egg with starter and drink water when I brought her in house

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Poop looks normal, see picture

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    8 ) 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?
    No vet that treats birds in my area, will treat myself if possible

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    see attached pic

    10) Describe the housing/bedding
    was pine shaving and yesterday early tried the wood pellets. Look like they tried eating it per husband but not so sure. To be safe took all that out yesterday evening and put fresh pine shavings back in.


    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009

  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    I have no idea. Can you post an update on her in the morning and maybe someone will respond who knows more.
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    so, the chick IS eating and drinking?

    let the chick stay in so you can watch..continue to feed chick feed, give Poly-vi-sol by drops on beak, and give plain active culture yogurt mixed with boiled egg yolk..

    does the neck seem limp?
    in the pic...is that how the chick sits all the time?..with the head forward?

    could any feed have gotten wet and gone sour?
    what all have you been feeding?

    keep a check on the droppings.

    keep chick warm..
  4. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
  5. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Mareks generally presents as an unbalanced bird who has one side more affected than the other. Could be a droopy wing or a paralysed leg.

    I think it is some other ailment.
  7. JD

    JD Songster

    Sep 10, 2008
    [​IMG] She is doing better today. She stayed that way till I finally went to bed at 2:30am. But this morning she was looking much better. Still don't know what caused that and the botulism does make since, but their food stays dry and if I let them out they don't go no more than about 3 to 5 ft from their pen. The other 3 still look good. Maybe a bug bite [​IMG] I'm feeding her more scrambled eggs and plain yogurt and vitamins today and will keep her in house for a couple more days. As you see her poop looks more runny and white today. Should I do any more than that?


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