Hen with milky diarrhea, loses balance and falling back onto hocks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SarahGfa, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. SarahGfa

    SarahGfa Songster

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight

    Modern game bantam, 8 months. Can't really tell how much weight she has lost.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    For the last week she has been hanging out by herself inside the coop. She comes outside for a few hours in the morning to peck around in the grass, but then goes back in. I thought she was getting bullied by bigger hens, but yesterday I noticed that she had very watery poops. No sign of blood or worms in the poop. She is not interested in regular food, but will eat treats. She can stand and walk, but easily loses her balance and falls on her butt or hocks.

    Until last night, she was roosting with everyone else. Yesterday she went to sleep by herself on a shelf in the coop, away from the flock.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

    Staying in the coop by herself - a week
    Watery diarrhea and loss of balance - 2 days

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

    no.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    no.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    Nothing that I can think of... the weather has been warm, which I thought caused the diarrhea, but doesn't explain the loss of balance.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    Water, forage, not much food.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Very watery and white.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    None.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Self if possible. Will buy medication if needed.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    free range during the day, secure coop at night.
     
  2. Chick-N-Fun

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    When was the last time she laid an egg? When she walks does she look like she is waddling? Have you checked her vent? She could be egg bound. First thing I would do is soak her in a warm Epsom salt bath where her vent is completely covered. While she is soaking, clean her vent area and report what you see. To check if she is egg bound, Glove up, lubricate 1 or 2 fingers, insert your finger about an inch inside her vent and try to feel for an Egg...... report what you feel. There could be many things wrong with her, but this is a good start.......please keep us posted with your treatments and findings! Good luck!
     
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  3. SarahGfa

    SarahGfa Songster

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    She hasn't laid an egg in over a month, but that's because she went broody (eventually got out of it after I took away her nest box).

    She's not really waddling... she holds out her wings while walking, like a person balancing on a tightrope.

    I haven't checked her vent. She was egg bound back in June, when she first started laying, and eventually the egg passed. This time seems really different. She's kinda sitting on her legs, but leaned over supporting her weight with one wing.

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  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Could be Marek's. It could also be coccidiosis. It could also be a reaction to having ingested a neurotoxin. Sometimes you can treat for the simplest and most obvious thing first, and if the chicken improves, you've got you diagnosis, so I recommend starting her on Corid.
     
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  7. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Don't panic yet. The only way to diagnose Marek's is to send a chicken that dies to a lab for a necropsy. Try treating for coccidiosis. It may be something as simple as that.

    A flock with Marek's is not necessarily doomed. Many chickens develop resistance and some even recover from the symptoms to lead a normal life.
     
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  8. SarahGfa

    SarahGfa Songster

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    Okay, thank you so much! I will pick up some corid tomorrow. Should I also get a dewormer like Wazine, or are worms not likely to be the cause?
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    I doubt worms are the big issue here. Why don't you start with the Corid, and we can address the possibility of worms down the line if we need to.
     
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  10. SarahGfa

    SarahGfa Songster

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    Okay I will pick that up tomorrow. The sick one is isolated, but I guess I should go ahead and treat the whole flock (10 hens) with Corid?
     
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