Hydration & Nutrition for sick roo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DCMuffin, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. DCMuffin

    DCMuffin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all. A friend of mine in California has a sick roo. She took him to the ER vet last evening, I think she said he's on Clavamox and also a pain med, for an injury. Vet wasn't hopeful he would make it through the night but he did. He's sitting up today, took a little bread but nothing else. She has syringed him water. I told her to maybe try some watermelon so she's heading to the store now to get that but that's the extent of my good information lol.

    Having had no sick birds of my own, this is certainly not my area of expertise. I have given her the info to join the group, and I suspect she will do so but in the meantime, any other thoughts on things she can give him to help with hydration, nutrition, etc. to ensure he's got a fighting chance? Black is a pretty spoiled guy and thankfully, loves to be loved on so he's likely benefitting from the TLC that she and her daughters are dishing out. :)

    Any help you guys can provide is appreciated. Thanks so much!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Have her wet a small amount of his food in a bowl, and also offer soft chopped scrambled egg, tuna, hamburger, or liver. If he continues not to eat, she should try tube feeding him. Her vet should have tubes and syringes available. Here is a good link about it:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding
     
  3. DCMuffin

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    Thanks so much! I've forwarded her the info. As it turns out, she is already a member here, though with her schedule, doesn't log on often and wasn't aware I had posted. She knows now :)

    Black is still alive and apparently ate a little bit of bread and dog food. She's still pushing fluids. She said "thank you" for this response...she's going to try the egg and burger.

    Really appreciate your response!
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I start by tubing warmed fluids at 10-15 ml per pound, wait 60-90 minutes and repeat if crop has cleared or mostly cleared, then again in 2-4 hours.

    -Kathy
     
  5. DCMuffin

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    Thank you.

    He is panting now....he's inside, in a cage in the bathroom. It's time for his pain meds again. Could the panting be pain?
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Panting or open mouth breathing? Panting is usually fast, like a dog, but open mouth breathing is slower.
     
  7. DCMuffin

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    She said "breathing hard mouth closed"
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Eyes open or closed? Temperature of legs and feet? Any mucus in mouth?
     
  9. DCMuffin

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    Waiting on a response from her. Her daughter is home, she's on her way there to see what's happening.
     
  10. DCMuffin

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    So when she got home, he wasn't panting or breathing heavy. There was some blood, but it appears that he was picking at his wound. After giving him his pain meds, he's breathing hard again, but has eaten again. His legs and feet feel warm, not hot. No mucus in mouth.
     

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