Help!! Cocci - How do I get her to open her beak to drink the meds????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by memechick, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. memechick

    memechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    220
    10
    106
    Jun 13, 2012
    Concord, NH
    Help!! I have a 12 week old Blue Cochin who seemed happy and healthy two days ago... yesterday I noticed her staying to herself ...I had someone tell me to treat for Cocci with Corid ... nothing was open last night for me to get it .... this morning I was able to buy some to treat her and she had deteriorated ... won't come out of the coop ... lethargic, listless ...... looks like she just wants to sleep. She won't drink the meds ...I put some in an eye dropper but she won't open her beak. She has no waddles so I can't pull them down to open her mouth. I tried putting some on the side of her beak ... she moved her beak a few times so I think she got some. Is there some other way for me to get this solution into her?? I'm scared.
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,242
    215
    208
    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    When ever I have to give meds I use a syringe (not the needle kind but the squirting kind). I sit crossed legged on the ground and tuck the chicken into my body so that she is secured between my side, my arm and my thigh - nice and firm and supported but unable to move. I am now holding her tight but still have use of both my hands.

    I wrap one hand around her head gentle but firm and use my thumb nail to get between her beak and force it open. As soon as it opens, I put the edge of my thumb along the side of her mouth so that she can not close it. (So, the palm of my hand is behind her head, my thumb is in her mouth and my other fingers hold her head in place.) You gotta stay calm and work quickly.

    Use my other hand to then squirt the meds into her throat. Make sure you do not do too much at once so she can breath.

    I hope that made sense lol.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012
  3. memechick

    memechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    220
    10
    106
    Jun 13, 2012
    Concord, NH
    That worked ...... but I was only able to get about 1cc into her. She does not hold her head up any more ....... she is lying on her side. Am I too late? Is there anything else I can do for her? How often should I try to get more drops into her beak?
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,242
    215
    208
    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I have not personally dealt with Cocci so I do not know the dosing. I am posting to bump up your thread. Hopefully someone else will know.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Unfortunately it may be too late to save her. However, you can safely double the strength of the Corid and keep hand feeding it too her every hour or so, or as often as you are available to treat her, all day. If this is coccidiosis that is your only hope of saving her. Sorry you are having this problem, I lost a favorite hen to it last spring, it really snuck up on me and I didn't figure it out in time.

    If she does manage to pull through then, after a full 5 to 7 day course of Corid put her on a vitamin supplement and give her probiotic's as well. Good luck.
     
  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    5,297
    72
    286
    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    It's actually very easy to tube feed a chicken. You use aquarium tubing from the local pet store, attach it to a syringe, and place the tubing down the big hole you can see at the back of the throat. Unlike humans, it's really hard to put the tube in the wrong place. You'd measure the tubing out to about mid crop first. It's much safer than syringe feeding as they CAN'T aspirate.
    I give credit to Peter Brown, the chicken doc, for giving multiple lessons 'on-air' on how this is done if needed.
     
  7. memechick

    memechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    220
    10
    106
    Jun 13, 2012
    Concord, NH
    Thanks everyone .... sadly Lilly passed on this afternoon. I cried till it hurt. I have 4 others in that coop ..... I also have a second flock of four that are 21 weeks old ...... they free range. I had to separate the two groups because of size difference ... was going to integrate them when the 12 weeks old got bigger. Should I treat both flocks with the Corid? I stripped all the bedding and replaced with new.
     
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    35
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    Yes I would treat them all. So sorry to hear about your loss :hugs
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,242
    215
    208
    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I'm really sorry. All the best to you and the rest of your birds.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by