Help...sick bird. Need to put her down humanly.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bes4420, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. bes4420

    bes4420 New Egg

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    Hi everybody. I have a sick R/I Red. She was the fattest, heaviest bird I had, now she's lost a lot of weight, isn't eating and doesn't move around a lot. She doesn't show any obvious symptoms, except the loss of appetite and decreased activity level. No drainage, no runny nose or eyes. I have some Duramycin-10 that I may start all of them on tomorrow, but I think she is too far gone. Anyone have any medication recommendation suggestions? And if need be, a way to put her down, without causing her pain or anguish, and is humane, I.e...not wringing her neck. I'd appreciate any input.
     
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  2. dawg53

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    I recommend that you visually inspect her for lice/mites, especially around the vent area. Also purchase Safeguard liquid goat wormer and dose her 1/2cc orally undiluted to deworm her. Worm all your birds while you're at it. Do NOT give any of them duramycin 10 if they are NOT showing respiratory symptoms.

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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You might want to put her in a dog crate for a few days so that you can check her out all over. I would do as Dawg suggested plus check her crop to see if it is emptying, or if she is showing symptoms of sour crop, diarrhea, check her vent, and anything else that looks out of the ordinary. Is she laying, or does she have a hard or squishy abdomen? Vitamins and probiotics might help.
     
  4. bes4420

    bes4420 New Egg

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    I'll hold off on the Duramycin. But what vitamins and probiotics?
     
  5. bes4420

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    And where to get the dewormer?
     
  6. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can find Safe-guard at TSC-Tractor Supply Company. It's probably available at most farm/feed stores. BTW-Safe-guard can cause issues with feathers if she's molting.
     
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  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Most farmstores carry packets of electrolytes and vitamin mixes to add to water. Valbazen is another great wormer, and can be given during a molt without feather damage. Repeat any wormer in 10 days.
     
  8. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just received my Valbazen order. What is dosage and does it get mixed into a solution first?
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Valbazen is given straight undiluted. Pull down on the wattles, squirt a tiny bit in, release the wattles for swallowing, and repeat. The dosage is about 1/2 ml for most birds weighing 6 lb. Each ml equals 113 mg, and dosage is 20 mg per every 2.2 lb or roughly 10mg per pound. You can give 1/4 ml for bantam, 1/2 for standard, 3/4 ml for large, and so on.
     
  10. CarolinaSkies

    CarolinaSkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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