help - chicken very weak, diahrrea.

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  1. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 18m to 2yr old buff orington that has been sick for around two weeks. She was a motherly hen has not laid since I have had her (3 months) She is losing weight, seems to have greenish diahrrea. Getting weak and today would not get up to leave the coop. I have been treating the water with tetramyacin at aprox 5-600 mils for about a week. She seemed to get a little better but now is looking worse. The rest of the flock is fine, no one is pecking on her. No bugs that i can see. I really don't want to have to dispatch her but i'm pretty close to making the decision.

    Jason
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    What were you treating for, with the tetracycline? Have you treated her for cocci or worms? Have you checked for mites/lice, at night?

    You've killed off her gut bacteria with the tetracycline, so at the least, you will need to replace it, preferably with probiotics -- yogurt or buttermilk are better than nothing but packaged probiotics are better.
     
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  3. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told by the guy i bought them from it would be worth a try. None of the other chickens seem to be having problems. Should i stop the meds and get some yogurt for them all? As i said No bugs that I can see. i have handled her and see no parasites.
     
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    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The tetracycline could actually be causing more diarrhea. You need to check for lice/mites at night (they may be the kind that stay in the coop during the day) and you need to consider worming; you should ask whether they have been wormed. You need to read up on worming and cocci and lice/mites; she probably has at least one of them.

    Don't give a lot of yogurt, maybe a teaspoon a day per bird, as they will get the live culture from it but cannot digest the milk product very well (they are lactose intolerant.)

    Here is some reading for you:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=402933

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=207133&p=2

    Plenty more on here about all of them. And good luck!
     
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    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I will get to work.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'll be offline a few hours but will check back, or someone else might well chime in, of course.
     

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