Help! I think I have a sick chicken...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Susiemarie, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Susiemarie

    Susiemarie New Egg

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    Greetings!

    A little background- We have 13 hens that are a year old. 4 white leghorns, 1 golden comet, 3 plymouth rock, 5 rhode island red. All were bought at the same time and have been living in peace until last week.

    I went out for my daily check and the chickens daily treat when I noticed one of the reds was being picked on. I went about my usual routine thinking it was just spat between the girls but it wasn't. Also she was drinking a lot of water and wouldnt eat the treat. I couldn't take hearing her squak and running around like crazy from being picked on so I took her out of the pen. After getting her out and taking a closer look her butt was a little pasty with a greenish poo so I cleaned her off (she had no problem with me handling her and seemed to enjoy the warm water when I cleaned her). Worried about the green poo and constant picking I separated her, this was last Thursday. She has been eating some and drinking but her poo is green and very small if any. I was telling my Vet about this and he thought she had worms so we did 3 days of pyrantel pamoate with no change. She was pacing today so I took her back to the general population and the picking continued and got worse. At one point there were 4 on her at one time so I took her out again because she had a scratch on her eyelid. I'm clueless what to do next??????????????????

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    The house of fur and feathers- 2 Labs, 1 German Shepherd, 2 cats and 13 chickens.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Do not try to intermingle her with your other birds. Once you separate a bird it is going to need to be reintegrated when it is well, but not until then. Putting her in with the other birds at this point is just asking for her to get a beat down. Save yourself injuries on top of illness- keep her isolated until she is in better body condition.

    How is her crop? Green poop indicates she is not eating, or is eating poorly. If she is off her feed then you need to figure out why.
     
  3. Susiemarie

    Susiemarie New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply! She is eating and drinking. Yesterday I put her in the yard just to see what she would do (they have never been to roam) and she ate the entire time. Put her back in the crate last night and found her and lots of poo this morning. Still doesnt look normal but its way more than it has been. I'm going to do some research on your suggestion of crop issues.

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom!!
     

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