I bought a sick bird. now what?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by warren, May 6, 2008.

  1. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    I got my 2 new babies out of the box yesterday and thought that one did not look as lively as I would like.
    A few hours later she had a sticky wet look about her beak. This morning she had cloudy mucous in her beak and now she has a rattle in her chest.
    She is only 22 weeks old and the other (which is not yet showing any symptoms) is 17 weeks.
    Do you think that she will get better? What should I do? I have emailed the vendor but not yet got a reply.
    I am very sad about it.
  2. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Scenic Verbank, NY
    Bumping you, hoping someone knows what to do. Good luck!
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I'm a little confused. You said new "babies" but said she's 22 weeks old. At 22 weeks she should be laying eggs. Did you order a chicken that old and was it shipped to you? In any event mucus and rattle aren't good which is why I'm asking about the source and age of the bird.
  4. ArcticFox

    ArcticFox In the Brooder

    May 3, 2008
    *bump* I think she just means 'new' to her, not newly hatched...From what I've read you will probably be advised to start her on Terramycin... I hope some who knows will show up to help you.
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    is it 2 weeks or 22 ? (possible typo?)
  6. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    Thanks for your replies, folks.
    She was 22 weeks old according to the lady who sold her to me, but not yet laying. She was a lovely docile hen, but perhaps that was because she was just not feeling well enough to struggle much.
    I noticed a slight unpleasant smell about her, but her eyes looked good. Her breathing was bad today. Sounded like she was snoring.
    I took her back today and the lady was OK about it and gave me my money back. She said that she would put her on antibiotics.
    I am happy to deal with vendors who listen to my problems and do the right thing.
    I am not experienced enough to deal with a young sick hen, and really I should not have to after only a day or two, but I was sad to dump her even though I only had her for such a short time. I hope that she will be OK and find a good home.
    The other one is only 17 weeks old and seems well.

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