HELP! Silkie rooster suddenly very sick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lgyure85, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. lgyure85

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    Friday afternoon my silkie rooster was doing great. I was out of town until this afternoon, and he's been in rough shape. My husband said he seemed cold yesterday, so he put our roo in a clean, small box with towels to keep him warm (it didn't get below 50*F, but it was rainy). He has very labored breathing, and is very weak. He won't take any food or water. He does have what look like yellow plaques in his throat. Please help![​IMG]
     
  2. lgyure85

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    His flock mates are all fine.
     
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    8:13 EST: I think he may have just had a seizure. Please hurry if you know anything
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry cant see the pick well.Yellow plaques in the mouth can be from Wet Fowl pox or canker.

    Which Picture looks more like yours?

    Fowl Pox
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    Canker
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    @casportpony has some great links on Treating both of them.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...x-xxx-rated-graphic-pictures-of-pus-and-scabs


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1059859/trying-to-treat-canker-pictures

    Here is The treatment for Wet fowl pox.From the link

    Symptoms:
    Gasping for breaths
    Clear, yellow and green gunk coming from their eyes and mouth.
    One or both eyes were VERY swollen and shut. Most of them could not see. They were walking around in circles.
    Large wet scabs had taken over their beaks and mouths.
    Stopped eating and drinking
    Weight loss
    Odor from head and mouth area.
    Drooping head
    Some were unable to walk
    Constant sleeping

    My Wet Pox Medical Supply Kit
    1. Penicillin
    2. Duramycin Tetracycline Hydrochloride Soluble Powder
    3. Enfamil Poly-Vi-sol Liquid WITHOUT IRON vitamins for kids
    4. Anti-bacterial soap
    5. Saline solution
    6. Flockraiser crumble (mixed with a bit of hot water for feeding)
    7. Gatorade
    8. Yogurt
    9. Pedia sure
    10. Latex gloves
    11. LARGE wide feeder (Medium size metal pot) - Because they were blind, I wanted a wide open feeder where they could easily access and peck around without trying to
    find and peck through a feeder hole.
    12. Dishpan for water.
    13. Syringe without the needle
    14. Bleach

    Daily Diet
    Mixture of flockraiser crumble (mixed with warm water for easy digestion), scrambled eggs and yogurt. I mixed all of this together and hand fed this to them 3 times a day. I made the mixture as soft/watery as possible because I was literally hand feeding them. Flockraiser crumble was still available for them in it's original form (not mixed with water) and placed in their area. If they stumbled onto the feeder, they would eat.

    Set up
    1. I removed ALL of them from the chicken yard and set up a make-shift infirmary in my garage.
    2. I squared off/blockaded an area wide enough for them to walk around but still able to locate their feeder and waterer if they "ran into it". Most of them were blind from the
    large scabs that had swollen and covered their eyes they could not see.

    Daily Routine:
    1. I cleaned their faces 3 times a day with an anti-bacterial soap for the 1st wash and for the 2nd wash, I used a saline solution. I would not suggest anyone do this but after 3 weeks of not seeing any improvement with the scabs leaving, I picked the scabs off. The skin did bleed a bit but the scabs didn't begin to heal until AFTER I started pulling the scabs. After pulling the scabs, I washed the area with a saline solution. I ALWAYS wore gloves and I changed out and disposed gloves EVERY TIME I went to the next turkey. I never used the same pair of gloves on every turkey when working with them. I did not want more cross contamination although they all had the same thing.
    2. I would also gently squeeze the stuff that looked like cottage cheese chunks out of their eyes after every face and eye wash on a daily basis.
    3. Duramycin Tetracycline Hydrochloride Soluble Powder and fresh water was mixed for them daily. Because they could not see and probably wasn't drinking the amount that they needed, I used the sryinge to draw up the mixture and slowly drizzle it down their throats. In addition to the medicated water, I also used the syringe to give them fresh water 3 times a day. I also gave them 3 cc's of gatorade (electrolytes & for dehydration) daily. I gave them Pedia sure every other day for weight gain, growth and development.
    4. I gave them Penicillin (at room temperature) orally 3 times a day EVERY day.
    5. I gave then Poly-Vi-Sol liquid once a day every day.
    6. Because they weren't able to preen their feathers, I bathed (bubble bath) them every 3 days with warm water and a little anti-bacterial soap. I made sure they were completely dry and warm before putting them back in the garage.
    7. I kept their area sanitized and clean with bleach and water. I was on my hands and knees scrubbing every day.

    This was a VERY tedious routine. I would see to them after I finished my other chores with the other animals. I would not finish with them until midnight on most nights but I was determined to save them. After about 5 weeks, I saw MUCH improvement and I started letting them walk around in the back yard every day to familiarize them with the rest of the world being as though they had been cooped up for 5 weeks without seeing or feeling any sunlight or smelling fresh air. After about 6 weeks all of them were healed and had no symptoms and were back to normal. I placed them back in a coop with no other critters for about a week to monitor to make sure that they were 100% before letting them back into general population.

    After seeing that they were completely healed, I let them out with the rest of the animals. I did not have any other animals get wet pox after this. All 12 turkeys survived and are doing VERY well. I did have 1 turkey who did lose it's right eye because of the severity of the scabs but other than that the turkey is doing fine. So to say that all of them had 1 foot in the grave and survived with only 1 losing an eye, I think I did ok trying to save them.

    Disclaimer:
    Again, I can only detail what I did. I will not suggest that anyone do this for their poultry or game birds because it may not work for the next person. I am not a vet nor am I a person with any kind of formal training when it comes to medical care dealing with animals but I am one who reads daily on diseases, illnesses and symptoms as it relates to poultry, waterfowl and livestock.
     
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  5. lgyure85

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    Neither. They look more like little spots of dried food, or yeast or something
     
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  8. lgyure85

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    It resembles thrush in a human,but it's yellow
     
  9. lgyure85

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    He is not swollen anywhere, and has no external scabs or anything at all
     
  10. MasterOfClucker

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    Can you take him to a vet?.He could of inhaled Dry dusty food.
     

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