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Diarrhoea and slight limp in Bantam Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DesignerG, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. DesignerG

    DesignerG New Egg

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    Jones suddenly started limping yesterday and I saw her pass a soft stool, but she later laid an egg and was able to grip our finger tightly with the affected foot. I put a droppings board in the house overnight and found a watery dropping on it this morning. She is also breathing heavily and today is spending time alone. None of the other four is affected.

    On Sunday we wormed the llamas with Ivermectin/alfalfa cubes; one of them spat out a part of a cube on the ground, but we couldn't find it amongst the leaves. I am afraid that Jones found/ate it. I asked the vet but he doesn't think it would harm her. The bantams came to us late last summer from a responsible breeder. We see no indication of worms in any of the droppings.

    I think this is urgent any advice please?
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    An overdose of Ivermectin can cause serious damage. If you suspect this, you can do a molasses or epsom salt flush. You can search this to find the exact amounts of molasses or epsom salts. I know it is in Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. This is just temporary, they will need more care. I would get her to a warm place and make sure she is eating and drinking the molasses flush.
    Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. DesignerG

    DesignerG New Egg

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    Many thanks for the tip - I searched and found info about the molasses flush here on BYC. Jones seems a little better this afternoon and is eating/socializing more than earlier today. Her toe looks as if it might be broken so she has had homoeopathic Arnica, which will help with pain too.
     

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