Extremly Sick Rooster w/ Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gingernutranger, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    I have a Buckeye Rooster that was pale and had a ton of feather mites. Today we gave him a bath and started flopping around. Now he is inside a room of the garage with heat and hes laying on his side, wheezing, or breathing heavy, and cant really lift his head or stand up.

    Is there anything I can do to help him. He wont drink and his eyes are closed. Also there are mites crawling on him still, we just had to stop.

    Thanks Much

  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    warm water?
  3. lds_horselover2005

    lds_horselover2005 In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2008
    South Central PA
    If there is a feed store near by or a TSC go and get a dust and put it on him for the mites. I think the one I use is called insectrin. I hope you aren't too late. I had a hen that had this happen and she ended up dying. Oh make sure you dust the rest of your flock because if one has them the rest have them too.
  4. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    Dust doesnt work, neither does ivermectym, adams, or anything on this one bird. I dont think he will live because his head is on the ground, and cant move still.
  5. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    This might seem a bit silly, but have you tried DE? I know it's not a substitute for dusting, but maybe it would do something for him since dusting doesn't seem to be working? [​IMG]

    Hope he starts getting better [​IMG]
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    You can mix vitamins with warm water and inject it under his skin on his back. This will help him absorb some nutriants. I don't know what to tell you about the mites if none of those treatments worked.....
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the roo is anemic.
    the mites need to go and he needs protein.

    has he ever been wormed?
    checked his crop?

    describe the droppings..color and consistency.

    you say is he wheezing?
    probably has a respiratory infection..maybe pneumonia.
    or he is in shock. or worse.

    did you use warm water to bathe?
    was he dried well?
    he must be kept warm and treated for shock/stress.

    he needs some electrolytes and vitamins for now to treat stress and shock..
    give by drops on beak.
    if you can't get commercial mix quickly..you can use diluted Pedialyte, and Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins..Enfamil brand if possibble, no iron..give 2-3 drops on beak once a day for a week..tapering off for another week..
    in the meantime try and get some poultry vitamins.

    sometimes birds are especially vulnerable to mites due to other health issues, or weakened condition.

    what all do you feed?
    what sort of bedding and roosts do you use?

    if he perks up after the vitamins and electrolytes..give him some egg.
    there is a baby parrot feed that you can get from pet shops or bird stores that might help him..

    fingers crossed for the roo.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009

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