Help with my silkie roo

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So I brought home a 7 month old silkie rooster a few weeks ago. The first week he was great, well then a few days ago I noticed he stopped crowing at all, and didn't want to come out of the sleeping area unlike every other morning where he couldn't wait to cone out. Now he just sits in one spot all day, can barely hold his head up and is no longer eating or drinking on his own. Yesterday I started giving him Vitamin B12 complex and he also drank a tiny bit of water through a dropper, but still has no interest in eating even when I tried just giving him mash or canned kitty food he wanted nothing to do with it. It's breaking my heart, this was my first silkie ever and I was so excited to have him, I cannot stand to see him so lethargic, I don't know what it could be...his poo looked completely normal, and he is not sneezing nor does he have any discharge from his beak or eyes. He was totally normal up until that morning. Any suggestions please let me know asap...thanks! Here is a pic of how he looks now. :(
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So I brought home a 7 month old silkie rooster a few weeks ago. The first week he was great, well then a few days ago I noticed he stopped crowing at all, and didn't want to come out of the sleeping area unlike every other morning where he couldn't wait to cone out. Now he just sits in one spot all day, can barely hold his head up and is no longer eating or drinking on his own. Yesterday I started giving him Vitamin B12 complex and he also drank a tiny bit of water through a dropper, but still has no interest in eating even when I tried just giving him mash or canned kitty food he wanted nothing to do with it. It's breaking my heart, this was my first silkie ever and I was so excited to have him, I cannot stand to see him so lethargic, I don't know what it could be...his poo looked completely normal, and he is not sneezing nor does he have any discharge from his beak or eyes. He was totally normal up until that morning. Any suggestions please let me know asap...thanks! Here is a pic of how he looks now. :( View attachment 2350827
Poor Baby! Do you have some Corid (amprolium?) Early stages of coccidiosis don't always show bloody stool - and that looks and sounds like what you're dealing with. In addition to adding the meds to his water, he should get a few undiluted drops along his beak (for him to swallow naturally) of straight Corid, daily. You'll need to withhold the vitamins while treating him. The meds kill the coccidia by starving them of the Vitamin B they require to survive. As soon as you stop the med treatment, start the vitamins again - a good all-round complex, not just Vitamin B, to replace what the meds and the illness took. He'll need a quick vitamin boost to recover.
The sooner you get this into him, the better your chance of saving him. If it's coccidiosis, it's a fast-acting treatment if started in time. If it's not, it shouldn't hurt him and you can still check his crop and any other potential issues.
Good luck with him ... he's beautiful!
 
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I have another hen that has been in the same copp as him and she has never shown any signs of worms, and his poo really did look completely normal, plus he was acting completely normal and spunky when I first brought him home so I don't think it would be worms since I don't know how he would have contracted them within just a few days and show that much of a decline...he has taken an even further turn for the worse soI have him now in a box in my living room so I can keep an even closer eye on him. It's really killing me to see him in such terrible condition since I got so attached even in just the few weeks I have had him he became my favorite and I looked forward to hearing his crows every morning. This really hurts bad to see my lil guy in pain and having no way to help him.
 

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