Infirmary is getting full and I need some help! picture heavy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlueMoon, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aside from the two ladies with scaly leg mites, we've moved two other sick chickens into the mudroom/infirmary.

    My sweetheart Button (Nankin Bantam) has had sneezes since October, but yesterday she seemed too warm and the left side of her head is huge and swollen. Her eyes are puffy and red and often her left eye is frothy and nearly shut. She's having trouble breathing, raspy. I'm worried - she's my favorite.
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    Cochin Anna Nicole has a bunch of problems. She has been with me for about a year and has never been fully feathered. I had just attributed it to being one of the roosters favorites, but now I think something else. Mites? She had a saddle on for a bit and I think it didn't help.
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    And her poo is bizarre
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    And, she was limping, so we looked and there was a spot. Bumblefoot? So I soaked her, pulled off the spot and tried to get out whatever was in. Nothing came out. She's miserable too. Hunched over.

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  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG......you need some help badly. You should call the randall burkey company asap and talk to someone there about this. Try to get them to see these photos and help you figure out what to do. the # is 1-800-531-1097. My friend was answered by the owner and said he was a very knowlegeable man. They have a GREAT supply of meds and supplies. Good luck!!!
     
  3. pollysmum

    pollysmum Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree.. you need some medical help if you can afford it

    The first bird has a really bad respiratory infection raging through her

    The second bird is lacking in proteins and also has Bumblefoot so needs a really strong antibiotic

    And if the first bird has not be isolated then more than likely you may have unwittingly infected other birds in your flock with this respiratory infection and may need more than her to be treated

    The second bird may also have a respiratory infection hitting her by the droppings

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help.. you need professional help here with this not a forum

    But I would really love it .. if you could keep us posted as to how you and they are going
     
  4. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update for this morning is that ladies with scaly leg mites are chirping away happily.

    Button is more chipper and her left eye looks better. I don't think she's as hot as she was yesterday.

    Can I rub anything on her nose to assist with breathing? Her breathing isn't as labored this morning. I'm giving her lots of treats and polyvisol. She'll get a bath today too.


    Anna Nicole is somewhat on hunger strike - she'll eat tomato and that's about it. I'll try to get high protein foods into her. She won't eat yolk nor sunflower seeds.

    I'm monitoring the coop closely to see if anything has spread and plan on treating the four girls in quarantine for each others parasites and ailments.

    I don't want to cull, recognizing that's the most sensible option. I'm concerned about putting the flock on meds, which often seem to mean you can't eat the eggs. I adore my vet and she does know much about birds, but think she is not around this week.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I sure do feel for you in this situation. That eye thing looks similar to Infectious Coryza, in which case, that would make her a carrier for life, able to infect other birds during times of stress. I'm not saying for certain that's what it is, but it does appear to be something serious.
    Your bird does have bumblefoot, something I've had to deal with more than I wanted to and I can't use antibiotics on mine any longer. None of them have ever worked-injectible strong ones, too, believe me. But every case is different.
    My personal choice is not to ever treat respiratory disease, if you get what I'm saying, however, to ease breathing, Vet Rx for Poultry is good and can be found at most feedstores. It has camphor, oils of several herbs, etc. It's like Vicks for birds. The bald girl, I don't know. pollysmum seems to have more knowledge than I on some of this, and is giving you excellent advice.
     
  6. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
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    Please see that they get to a vet or dispatched soon. They look like they must be suffering terribly.
     
  7. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get ahold of Dr. Brown. He is a great chicken dr. featherfanciers.com or firststatevetsupply.com
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    could you resize your pics? they are so large I can only see a wee bit of them
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Diana, do a refresh of the page and that should fix it.
     
  10. dlhunicorn

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    thanks that did help.
    Blue Moon...did you ever give eprinex? I think that will help cochin Anna (baldness perhaps to mites or such)... and for the gals with the scaley leg mite the same >and oil the legs (if the scaley leg is REALLY bad then ask Peter Brown if he has a .02% solution ivermectrin and spray that direct on the affected areas) ... if you have not wormed your birds recently then do all of them with the ivomec eprinex (see link below) and give the coop and housing a thorough clean and wash down with a pyrethrin or permethrin based insecticide (ensuring that when you do there is no straw, bedding feed or water in the area >replace with fresh afterwards) as otherwise they will only get reinfected.
    The bumblefoot looks as though it may be abscessed... Peter Brown can walk you through the process and provide you with the meds you need for the bumblefoot....be sure to post the pics there at his forum... if necessary he can speak with you on phone if that is easier for you.
    Here is the link with instructions for ivomec EPRINEX (use the spot-on method to apply)
    http://shilala.homestead.com/ivomec.html
     
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