I'm afraid she won't make it :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by technodoll, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Explanation post here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=268325

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    little EE girl with the bad, gunky, bubbly eyes is getting worse by the hour.

    Sleepy, lethargic, one eye so swollen she looks like a chipmunk.

    I found some poop with a drop of bright red blood.

    Just dusted her for lice as her head was crawling with them and is infested with nits.

    She drank her medicated water this morning but am not sure if she ate, she just wants to sleep. She's in a dog crate inside the house, with her sister who is fine just tiny and missing most of her feathers (she is skin and bones).

    I don't really expect her to make it till the morning if this continues.

    I am so heartbroken and feel helpless, didn't need this aggravation - why do people sell sick birds and why didn't I notice??

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  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    The sad thing about chickens is that they do not normally appear sick until they are really sick and then it is a battle to help them. You can look at a sick/diseased bird today that looks wonderful and tomorrow afternoon it is down. Do not beat yourself up because you did not notice anything.
     
  3. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh sorry to hear this[​IMG]
    BTW I have 13 hens and 3 roos also! only two dogs tho
     
  4. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked for lice near the vent and on her abdomen, didn't see anything...

    I had no idea they could nest on a bird's head and neck, or else I would have looked there and seen that she was not well...

    Live and learn, but at what expense?

    She's sleeping now and looks just wretched [​IMG]
     
  5. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] to you. I truly hope your little girl pulls through. I have no advice to offer, I only wanted to say that I think you are doing everything in your power to help her and make up for the bad life she had before. You're a good person and if love aides in recovery, you are giving her plenty of that and hopefully she will get better.
     
  6. CallyB57

    CallyB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she need some sulmet? Does she have coccidiosis? I'm so sorry - I lost one recently to I don't know what...she wouldn't eat, her eyes were bright, no sneezing, no blood in her poo, then suddenly she got diarrhea, which continued to be her only symptom, but no blood in it. Finally she was so weak she couldn't stand, laid on her little side and died. It nearly killed me, couldn't stop crying...she was the sweetest bird. None of the other birds in my flock ever got sick or showed any symptoms of being sick and they ate like little pigs and grew up to be big healthy birds, so I just don't have a clue what she died of. I know how you feel and my heart goes out to you and your sick little birds... [​IMG]
     
  7. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can a person get so attached to a CHICKEN after just 24 hours???

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    and thank you everyone for your kind words... feels good to know "I'm not the only one" ...
     
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  8. Chickiemom1012

    Chickiemom1012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel so bad for you, I am so attached to my girls 9 in total (just got two more today) and I feel your pain. I rescued a broody silkie from the lady I got my first batch of chicks from when I traded out my roosters from the bunch. I have lost two of them to a weird viral thing that affects the nervous system too. Plus my rescued silkie had no back feather or stomach feathers and a massively impacted crop that I had surgery done on!!!! Crazy I know but my kids love her!!!

    Hope the rest pull through I knwo how hard it is to watch them wither away and you can do nothing!!!! Best wishes and best of luck!!!

    Denine
     
  9. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It would seem that you just clicked with those birds and that they brought out your nurturing side. They may be just chickens to some but to those of us who love them, they are much more.
     
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    If the lice and ick are not dying - I would give her a warm bath with dawn dish soap - it will kill them - then blow dry her warm (set on low/warm and moving gently across her).

    Get some polyvisol vitamins - and dribble a couple drops long her beak so she swallows. Tempt her with scrabled eggs.

    I am hoping for her recovery and sending healing vibes. [​IMG]
     

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