Help! I think my hen has botulism!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stlfarmchick, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. stlfarmchick

    stlfarmchick Out Of The Brooder

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    After researching her symptoms, I have concluded that my hen has botulism. She is still holding her head up so I am hopeful that we can still help her. Does anyone have any suggestions for remedies?
     
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    CMV Flock Mistress

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    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has she been exposed to fungi that may have caused the botulism? I know that it's hard to tell what they've been eating but generally animals avoid eating things that aren't good for them.

    There have been a few cases, including one of my hens, of a Vitamin D deficiency that can cause similar symptoms of botulism. In my case, my hen was staggering, walking sideways and crouching continually. On a recommendation from a BYC member, I broke open a capsule of Vit. D and E and put a couple of drops in their food, which had been wet down to porridge consistency, and mixed it well. Within a couple of days she was a little better and all symptoms were gone within a week. I now do this for them once a week because we've been really cloudy this winter.

    You might also put vitamins and electrolytes into their water.

    Good luck, Mary
     
  4. stlfarmchick

    stlfarmchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I will try the vitamins and flush ideas!
     

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