Does anyone have any idea of what may be happening?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eminator, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 1.5 year-old blue Cochin that has quit laying, comb is pale, and has lost a lot of weight (she is at 4.9 # right now). I took her to the only vet who I could find that would look at her, and they are basically clueless. She has basically quit eating (her feed anyway-she ate a cicada and some yogurt yesterday). Has anyone seen something like this before? I thought tapeworms (or worms in general), and gave her some Panacur. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed. Thanks!
     
  2. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

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    have you checked for mites? Look at the vent and see if you can see any. Maybe some electrolites and egg yolk? Good luck!
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think i would start by seeing if her crop is impacted or sour.

    Does she have a bad smell by her face? Does her crop go down at night while she's not eating?

    Then i would feel gently in her lower abdomen to see if i feel an egg. She could be egg bound.

    I would also look for signs of lice or mites.

    If none of that rings true, i would definitely get electrolytes and boiled egg yolk into her so that she has enough nutrition to continue functioning while you figure out what's wrong with her.
     
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    did the vet check for coccidiosis?
    It sounds like some for of parasite, coccidia, or worms. Has she had runny poop, off colored, yellow - dark brown in particular?
    The wormer never hurts, need it 2-3 times a year any way. May want to try some corid in the water for her for coccidia too.
    Also if rats are a problem around your area, they can carry avian tuberculosis, which will cause rapid sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and eventually death.
    It's transmitted by rats getting into their feed and the chickens then eating after them. unfortunately, there is no cure if that's it. People often refer to it as "going light" cause once you realise there is a problem, they are nothing but a feathery breast bone.
    More symptoms will help diagnose it.
    Lack of appetite, and weight loss and pale comb can be many things, but parasites are usually on top of the list.
    Good luck
     
  5. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the answers. I work for the vet that I took her to (as a tech), did a fecal, absolutely nothing there. This doesn't rule out parasites, though, because sometimes things won't get picked up on a fecal exam. Her poop is normal (seems to have a lot of feathers in it, but otherwise normal). I have not seen any evidence of rats, and the other birds are showing no signs. I don't think she's egg bound, it's been over a month since she stopped laying. No mites or lice. Vent is clean. She doesn't have any sort of foul odors or discharge of any sort. I will continue with the Panacur, maybe do a blood smear tomorrow and look for abnormalities. It's very odd. She doesn't really have any other symptoms. I'm going to make her some boiled egg right now, but if anyone has any other ideas or advice, fire away!
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I know that heat stress has made a few of mine pale and no appetite. One died. But there are alot of different things it could be. In fact, the other morning my silkie couldn't walk so I separated her, the next day she was fine. I'm thinking mold spores with her, since it's been so wet here. So now I got them a fan.

    Do you think she might be broody or thinking about it? Or sometimes they act like that when they are going to molt.

    The problem is pale and not eating is a common symptom of everything. I just try to cover all the bases that I can, and there's not much more you can do. Seems like you're doing that now. Wish for the best.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Feathers in her poop? Does she get grit?
     
  8. eminator

    eminator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get grit, calcium, and they range around the backyard, which is why I thought she had a tapeworm (I do have darkling beetles and other tapeworm intermediate hosts). They also get cracked corn, yogurt as a treat, and eggs.
     
  9. seminolewind

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    Do the other chickens allow her to eat from the feeder?

    Maybe you should separate her for a few days to see how much she really is eating and drinking, and maybe give her a chance to eat without worrying (?)
     
  10. SuziQ991

    SuziQ991 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you feeding any commercial feed.....flock raiser or layer?
     

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