Dropsy, Droopies? Update on Original Post

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by UnttouchableRose, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. UnttouchableRose

    UnttouchableRose Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Blountville, TN
    First off I know nothing about chicken illnesses so please excuse my ignorance. [​IMG] I am actually trying to research some of them on here as I get spare time.

    However I purchased 3 D'Uccles from the Jonesborough Flea Mkt 3 wks ago and had them seperate from my others just in case. They seemed to ahve done really well until today and the Porcelain was sluggish and the Mottled Roo was too.

    I moved them from the hens that weren't and had to go out for a while to do a Petting Zoo. When I left they were both ruffled out with heads tucked in at 6 when I returned home at 830 the Porcelian was cold and stiff already.

    The roo is sitting in my Living Room right now quite lifeless but still the same. I have always been told this is the dropsy or droopies or something like that. Is there anything I can do for him?

    Any help is appreciated!

    Well the surviving Mottle D'Uccle Roo is improving I do believe but has acquired some extremely nasty, stinky runny (the smell is worse than baby poo) poo.

    He ate the cat food like he was starved but still hasn't eaten any variety of the chicken food I put out for him. (Scratch, laying pellets, oats)

    I haven't gotten the Poly Vi Sol yet, our store was sold out, but I hope to find some today.

    Anymore suggestions though?

    I am taking a picture of him now to post.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  2. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    I really don't know what to tell ya.I do want to wish you the best of luck and I hope everything turns out okay. Perhaps change the title of your thread to One Dead another Dying-- HELP PLEASE or something like that, perhaps it will get everyone's attention.
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Can you list some more info? There's a sticky post at the top of the topic that has some guideline questions that help identifying a disease/disorder.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2008
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    are they eating?? Check their crops. Pooping, drinking normally???? Abnormal poops???
  5. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how old are they?
    what all are you feeding?
    what bedding are you using?
    as above..check the crops,
    say if they are eating or drinking..
    describe the droppings..color and consistency.
  6. UnttouchableRose

    UnttouchableRose Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Blountville, TN
    Sorry I didn't see the questions earlier, it's been one of those days...

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Mottled and Porcelain D'Uccles, 1 year and the dead one was about 6 months, as for weight I have no clue less than a pound and maybe a pound, in good condition just little chickens.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    Lethargic, sit with heads tucked back like they are asleep, feathers ruffled, seem to be very off balance.

    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.

    Weather is my only thought, it's been extremely hot but they are in a cool area that is well venilated. We had a tremendous amount of rain last night though.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    They get scratch and laying pellets

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Poo is normal.

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

    They only started acting like this, this morning haven't a clue what to do.

    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?

    We have no bird vets with in several hundred miles to my knowledge.

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

    If he is still alive in the morning I will get one.

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    He is in a chicken tractor on dirt and grass.

    They seemed fine until today and they have done nothing but sit there.

    Hope this helps.
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    please answer the questions I and Cjeanean posted.
  8. UnttouchableRose

    UnttouchableRose Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Blountville, TN
    Quote:I did answer them within the first group of questions. [​IMG] To the best of my knowledge at this point.
  9. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    How's it going now? Is he drinking or eating much? Try adding some sugar to his water, you can also add a crushed aspirin to the water. If you have any canned cat food, see if he will eat that.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Don't add sugar - you will get a bird with the trots. Don't give aspirin you don't know if he is in pain.

    Get a bottle of poly-vi-sol infant liquid vitamins - in the baby section of most any store. Give 5 drops carefully at the edge of the beak so as not to get it in his nostrils and drown him. Give it to him for 5 days them cut the dose in half for a couple days and taper off to no vitamin drops. Make a wet mash of chicken feed and yogurt and see if you can get him to eat off your finger tips. Get Avia Charge or raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to add to the water for an immune boost.

    Stay away from your other chickens when you have been with him. Tend all of your chicksn first then take care of him so you are not trandferring disease to your flock. If you visit other places with chickens change your clothes before working with your poultry.

    You must practice extreme biosecurity to prevent loosing your entire flock.

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