Drooling chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickengirl1320, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. chickengirl1320

    chickengirl1320 New Egg

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    My hen has been drooling for several days now. Sometimes she drools so much that she drenches her chest. It's not like saliva, it is extremely thick but it is clear. She hasn't eaten or drank much lately. She won't even eat her favorite treat and her crop is pretty empty. I am very worried about her because she is my favorite hen. I have her quarantined just in case. I wish I could take her to a vet but I don't know one that would look at her. She isn't lethargic though so I'm hoping that's a good sign. She doesn't have any other symptoms that I know of. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is her breathing? Could be upper respiratory.
     
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I would suggest you look up "Fowl Cholera" and see if her symptoms match...

    If so it would be a good idea to give her antibiotics...such as oxytetracycline...
     
  4. chickengirl1320

    chickengirl1320 New Egg

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    She seems to be breathing fine. A few days ago, she was shaking her head a lot.
     
  5. chickengirl1320

    chickengirl1320 New Egg

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    I looked up chicken cholera like you said, but she does have any of those symptoms. No diarrhea or swollen wattles. I didn't even see drooling listed as one of the main symptoms, honestly.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you can afford to see a vet just google for an avian vet in your city. I had one once that was drooling because she had a yeast infection. Treatment for a yeast infection like that is fluconazole or ketoconazole. I strongly suggest that you find a vet if you can afford it.

    -Kathy
     
  7. chickengirl1320

    chickengirl1320 New Egg

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    I took her to the vet today and they had no idea what it was. They have me some antibiotics and said that if she isn't better after that, then it would take $500 of x-rays and tests to figure it out. I don't have that kind of money so hopefully the antibiotics will help her perk up.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Did they look at her saliva under the scope?

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  9. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! That is the reason many farmers don't take their chickens to the vet. Unfortunately vets do not get a lot of schooling on Chickens, and it costs so much just for the visit, let alone tests & meds. I am glad you did though. Hopefully the antibiotic will knock out whatever it is. Please keep us posted. I also was wondering if you mentioned to the vet what casportpony said about the diagnosis of her chicken with yeast infection?
     

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