lethargic chicken with muscle wasting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chikita, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. chikita

    chikita New Egg

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    I have a yellow comet who seems to be eating-at least sometimes she has food in her craw but is wasting away. Her breast bone is sticking out and she's very lethargic. My other chickens seem healthy. Any ideas?
     
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try worming her. Any other symptoms?
     
  3. chikita

    chikita New Egg

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    well she doesn't seem to want to eat much today. she took 3 bites of yogurt and a few bread crumbs. it almost seems like she's just too tired to make the effort to eat. she hasn't moved all day. I just brought her in the house to keep a closer eye on her. she's not laying or molting. she has no muscle on her breast. she is ~ 3 and a half yrs old.no other symptoms that I can see. what kind of wormer would you recommend?
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    This sounds more like coccidia to me . . .
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would definitely deworm her. A common sign of a chicken having worms is when it eats but never gains any weight. Two good dewormers would be Safeguard and Valbazen. These are broad spectrum, and will kill most worms. Here is some information on their dosages:

    Safeguard paste:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/559705/gapeworm-treating-with-safeguard
    Safeguard liquid:(10% goat dewormer given in the water)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/407142/how-to-mix-the-safe-guard-wormer-for-my-chicks-please-help
    Safeguard liquid (given orally--go to post two)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/752689/dosage-help-updated-question

    Valbazen:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/401475/worming-with-valbazen

    How old is she? The lethargy and sleepiness make me think that she could have Coccidiosis instead. Have you noticed any bloody droppings? You might want to get some Corid and keep it on hand in case worming doesn't work. The dosage for Corid powder is 3/4 teaspoon, and for the liquid it is 2 teaspoons per gallon of water. Give Corid for five days.
     
  6. chikita

    chikita New Egg

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    she is 3 and a half so seems too old for coccidiosis don't you think? Will try worming her.
    Thanks so much.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Any chicken in a weakend/stressed situation can have coccidia as a secondary ilness.

    HEALTHY adult birds are usually immune
     
  8. chikita

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    thanks so much.that's good to know.
     
  9. wsufans

    wsufans Out Of The Brooder

    Chickita:
    did anything work for you?


    I could have written your original post except my hen was a Rhode Island Red. So very sad and so concering to discover her breast muscle was for all practical purposes GONE.

    We treated for coccidiosis and then gave the entire flock a day of WAZINE in their water... but maybe it was too late for my Rhody.... we tearfully had to end her suffering last night :(


    Would be curious as to what happened with your bird.

    Thanks
     

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