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Hen twisting neck, nasty eye? Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azelinkay, May 16, 2009.

  1. azelinkay

    azelinkay Hatching

    Oct 27, 2008
    I have a golden comet hen that is 2 years old and she did not come out to eat this morning so I went to check on her and she was acting sleepy. I now notice she has a discharge from her eye, kinda crusty like and swollen. She is also doing this really strange thing with twisting or turning her neck constantly. I have separated her from the others and moved her in, I am lost any ideas?

  2. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    describe exactly how she is moving her neck..
    is she trying to twist towards the back?
    or the breast?

    does she have a wheeze or rattle?
    check the eye area carefully..does it appear she's been pecked or injured?

    could she have got into anything bad..toxin, anything rotted or dead,
    any stagnant or dirty water, spoiled kitchen scraps..etc..
    could the feed have got wet and gone moldy?
    if you find she had access, and might haveBotulism..post nack for instructions ..

    what bedding do you use?
    any signs of mold or mildew?

    for now..
    wearing gloves..wash eye with saline solution or very clean water.

    get some Tylan 200 or Tylan 50 injectible...and some syringes..
    get some terramycin eye ointment.
    these can be found at most farm/feed stores in the livestock section..
    clean the eye and treat with eye ointment.
    after you get the Tylan I will post instructions for sinus flush..

    also, get some Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins, Enfamil brand if possible..no iron..give 3-4 drops on beak once a day for a week..then taper off for another week.
    this is important and should be done ASAP...

    wouldn't hurt to get some Kaytee baby bird food..give with needleless syringe WAY at the back of the throat pass the hole in the tongue into the throat.
    make sure she is able to swallow, by trying drops of water on beak..
    post back about the swallowing.

    if she stabilizes some and is able to eat. you can make up this mix:
    this is amount for 1 day..divide into 3 feeds for the day.

    1 cooked chopped egg yolk
    1 teaspoon honey or unsweetened applesauce
    2 tablespoons plain yogurt
    3-4 tablespoons water cooked oatmeal
    add enough layer feed to make the mix puffy, not soupy or gummy.

    give for a week along with access to regular layer feed and water..

    I can be reached at the signature highlight if you need to contact me quick.
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  3. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Quote:Now this is what I call help when needed. A thorough posting of help! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  4. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Sammi's my hero.
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Sounds like something neurological. Neurological symptoms coupled with respiratory distress is not a good thing. It could be Newcastle Disease. It will spread very quickly if it is ND. Watch for progression. Baytril is my personal fav for respiratory illnesses, but it's not as easy to get a hold of. Let us know if any new symptoms develop or if any other birds get sick. Good luck!
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    New Castle did occur to me..but several things can cause similar symptoms.
    there is a place online where you can get baytril..but I'll have to repost..my mind is blank..LOL

    hopefully the Tylan will work..it's a good med.
  7. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Quote:OH OH! Where? I can't legally buy Baytril any longer cause CA banned it unless it is prescribed. I need some, mine has expired and it's such a wonderful med to have on hand, many uses and potent.

  8. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA

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