Help please! One of my one year-old Plymouth bards needs medical attention quick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PapaHen66, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. PapaHen66

    PapaHen66 Hatching

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    One of my hens, Chloe, has had her eyes half closed for about a month. The first week we saw this, we quarantined her. We gave her A course of Corid, Checked her vent to see if she was egg bound. She seemed to be perking up and we re- introduced her to the rest of the flock. It is now a month later and her comb is pale and her Eyes are droopy and she rests a lot. I gave her some probiotics in her water yesterday with some electrolytes. She doesn’t seem to be perking up at all and she’s just laying down with her eyes closed In a dust bath. I’m going to check for mites now but I would think the whole flock would have them and exhibit the same symptoms. Any thoughts of what it could be and how I can save her in a dust bath. I’m going to check for bites now but I would think the whole flock would have them and exhibit the same symptoms. Any thoughts of what it could be and how I can save her? Chloe is my favorite hen and loves when I sing to her. I’m sorry to say that my singing isn’t perking her up anymore.
     
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  2. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    It's always a good idea to check for lice/mites. They can infest a weakened bird and make things worse. If she were egg bound she would have already died from that, it doesn't go on that long.
    How old is your hen? When is the last time she laid? Is she eating/drinking normally? Are her droppings normal?
    Crop functioning normally? Crop should be empty first thing in the morning before eating, fill and empty through out the day as she eats and digests. Has she ever been wormed or had a fecal test to check for internal parasites? Any swelling or bloating of her abdomen, check under her vent between the legs?
    Any coughing, sneezing, wheezing or discharge? How is her weight, has she lost weight, is her breast bone prominent?
    There are many things it could be, do a thorough exam of her and check all the things above, and look for anything you may have missed, the more information you can provide the more help you can get to try to narrow it down. If you have a wire crate, you can put her in that with food and water which will make it easier to monitor eating, drinking, and droppings, and will prevent her from being injured by any of the other birds while you try to figure it out. Laying hens as they age can have reproductive problems, like infection, cancer, and internal laying, which are all among the possibilities.
     
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    You said she was a year old. Is she closer to 18 months when she might start her first molt? Reproductive problems such as internal laying or a crop disorder (sour or impacted crop) can be some of the things that can cause lethargy and acting ill.

    Does she lay eggs, and are they normal? Check for all of the things previous posters Dawg and Coach have recommended. Pictures can really help
     
  4. dawg53

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    Worm her with valbazen or safeguard. It would be best to worm all your birds.
     
  5. PapaHen66

    PapaHen66 Hatching

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    0658F6C0-9F14-4039-8D79-6AB8511C8861.jpeg DB31BC23-7D33-4A51-B36B-66F4099AE267.jpeg 1F524742-CF16-41EF-A36C-A935518E006D.jpeg Thank you all for the assistance.

    Hen about 14 months old
    Eats /drinks fine
    Don’t think is laying at all
    Crop full in evening
    Ran a course of corid a month ago
    Vent / abdomen look fine
    Internal exam yield no egg blockage
    No wheeze / cough / mucus etc
    Poop is green - maybe from electrolytes / probiotics??

    She kind of looks ok in pic, but something is wrong. Been going on a months, rest of the flock seems fine.

    Thanks
     

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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    In the picture her crop looks big or pendulous. How does it feel? Crop problems can make them sick and can last weeks or more. Her crop should be empty early in the morning, if you can check it before she eats or drinks. If her crop is fine, and she is not laying and not starting to molt, that might point to a reproductive disorder.
     
  7. PapaHen66

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    Would either of those meds catch a type of worm Corid would not have? Any egg withdrawal?

     
  8. PapaHen66

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    Crop looks full b/c pic was taken at dusk. Checked this morning and feels close to empty.


    20070926, member: 85053"]In the picture her crop looks big or pendulous. How does it feel? Crop problems can make them sick and can last weeks or more. Her crop should be empty early in the morning, if you can check it before she eats or drinks. If her crop is fine, and she is not laying and not starting to molt, that might point to a reproductive disorder.[/QUOTE]
     
  9. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    Corid only treats coccidia that cause coccidiosis, Safeguard and Valbazen are broad spectrum wormers that treat most internal worms, but not coccidia. The general recommendation is two week egg withdrawl following worming medications, no withdrawl recommendation for Corid.
     
  10. PapaHen66

    PapaHen66 Hatching

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    Thank you very much.

     

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