Help diagnose my neighbor's chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Year of the Rooster, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Year of the Rooster

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    My neighbors who have three chickens have a problem with one of them. I was incharge of taking care of them while they were gone so I thought now would be a good time to ask. I'm not sure of the breed but I think it could be a Red Sex Link, Production Red, or mutt. Apparently the owners don't notice and dont' care as long as they get the eggs. Not sure about the age but it is laying and laying well right now. She is losing weight and walks weird. Compared to the other two she doesn't scratch the ground and just stands there with her tail kind of drooping down and her wings are hanging down by her legs. When she wants to walk she first flaps her wings fast i guess to give her a lift off? Also, I've only seen this a couple times, but she coughs up some mucusy stuff. She is still laying normally, eats, drinks, takes dust baths, but the other day when i went to feed and water them she was laying on her side. Is this spraddle leg? or some problem with the hip? She is losing weight too which worries me. Please help! I hate seeing her suffer [​IMG]

    Also about her tail, when she walks, the feathers are all puffed and spread out into a triangular shape instead of flat together.
     
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  2. Year of the Rooster

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    nobody knows? [​IMG]
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:IF she is coughing up mucus and losign weight , She sounds like she has respitory problems and perhaps sinus infection . She needs antibotics RIGHT AWAY .
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

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    ok but the owners don't really buy any medications for their animals. They don't even fix there cat :mad: But my mom does have herbs that we could use. Would these be sufficient? They're bitter but thats all I've got. [​IMG]
     
  5. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
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    I suggest if they going to hav e animals they care for them properly or its cruelty to animals , JUST like CPS for Chicldren . These are helpless animals and depending on adults to do the right thing by them .

    Antibotics is needed or he will DIE. PLENTY of food and water and ALOT of TLC .
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

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    ok i'll tell them. In the mean time i'll give it some of my mom's herbs. She gives them to me and my dog so they should be ok for the chickens. thanks for your help.
     
  7. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Year of the Rooster

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    ok, i know that I said the herbs "should" be ok for them but I just want to make sure these are not toxic to them: Wild Cherry Bark, Bilberry, Wild Rose Hips. This is a liquid combination. We get these from Nature's Sunshine/Pure Herbs, LTD. Are these plant toxic to chickens? I take it all the time, but chickens are different than humans (physically anyway [​IMG]) so I just want to make sure.
     
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    Ok today I was able to separate her. She's eating and drinking too. Any other advice or comments?
     

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