Lethargic black swan

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by mkencris, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. mkencris

    mkencris New Egg

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    This morning I went out to the coop and my black swan was laying next to her pool. She is very lethargic. I brought her in and gave her a warm bath. Now have her in large crate in bathroom. She is opening her mouth like she is trying to hiss, but no sound. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    need more details that that, could be anything from injury to viral or bacterial infections, contaminated food, heavy parasite loads etc.
    Narrow the symptoms down for us.
    hows the food intake?
    what the poop look like?
    Any eye or nasal discharge?
    head shaking?
    conjested breathing?
    good weight or is she boney?

    Any help will help us help you, as is, anyone would just be guessing.

    Hope it gets better for you, post some more info and we;ll see what we can do
     
  3. mkencris

    mkencris New Egg

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    Thank you for a response. She shakes her head. (Like how she does underwaterd) No discharge from eyes, nasal area. We've had them since February, and she does not seem to have lost any weight. She will lay on her side, roll on her back, and keep her head down most of the time right now. Then once in awile she sit up like normal. As far as parasites and bacteria infection usure. She was in the pool last night when husband did chores. She does not go in the pool a lot. Hope a little more insight helps. Any suggestions would be greatful.
     
  4. mkencris

    mkencris New Egg

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    Fo9rgot to mention she is sneezing occasionally, and still doing the mouth thing with no noise.
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    sounds like she may have a respiratory infection from that.
    Get her on some Tylan or any oxytetracycline based antibiotics, these will help. There is no cure for respiratory infections, it's like a cold with use, just has to run it's course, usually 2-3 weeks, but the antibiotics will help fight off other infections while she's down.
    Head shaking and labored breathing are usually signs of that, or she could have gap worms, not common in waterfowl, but possible, and they do the same thing.
    Usually with respiratory infections, the eye's and sinus cavities will swell too, if that happens, she has CRD, Chronic Respiratory Disease (mycoplasma gallepsum) it is permanent and will always be carried by the bird. It will get better, but can re flair or be spread to other birds, hope that's not it, so far so good there with no discharge or swelling.


    I would give her, Safeguard wormer 3 cc per gallon of water for 3 days, and the antibiotics mentioned above just to be safe.
    As long as she's eating good and not loosing weight, she should get better on those in a few weeks for you.
    If any other signs come up, let me know
    Good luck
     

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