Lethargic Pullet + Watery Poo + Won't Wake Up + Can't Stand Up...Please Help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WRVgirl, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday evening I realized that one of my pullets is acting funny. She's wasn't as active as usual. I put them to bed and she immediately took the nesting box, plopped down and fell asleep.

    The morning, I went to feed and water them and she won't get out of the nesting box. She didn't even wake up when I went in there to feed them.

    I picked her up and tried to make her take some water but she pooped and then plopped back down.

    She's got no other symptoms...except the lethargy and watery [on the greener side] poop;

    Has ANYONE encountered this before? I don't know what to do...
     
  2. dawg53

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    There are several things it could be: Lice/mites (mites cause anemia, then death.) She could be eggbound depending on her age. (you didnt mention her age.) She could have worms. Finally, she could have cocci, usually depending on her age. It's possible she could have a combination of these problems as well.
     
  3. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    I need more information.
    Have you isolated her?
     
  4. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's 10 weeks.

    They are all on medicated start and grow, so I don't think it's cocci [but I did start Sulmet anyway]

    I isolated her in her own tub in the garage.
     
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  5. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's no weight loss either. She's the same fat size as she was last week, I haven't noticed any weight drop on her.

    They get sprayed with the chicken protector weekly [for mites and lice] and I have a powder for their coop [mite, lice and flea] that I lay whenever I change their bedding [so 1-2x weekly]
     
  6. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    Sprays and dusting powders are pretty toxic. Maybe she is having an allergic reaction. Hows her breathing?
     
  7. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    You said her poop is normal..why are you treating for cocci?
     
  8. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her poop is watery diarrhea, no blood in it though....the chicken health handbook suggested that it could still be cocci even without bloody stool....

    Her breathing is normal, no wheezing or sneezing, just calm normal breathing.
     
  9. WRVgirl

    WRVgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought cocci wasn't really an issue after 8 weeks though...that they built up their immunity to it by then, plus with the medicated feed..

    Idk, I've had such awful luck with chickens even though i feel like I'm doing everything by the books.
     
  10. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    OK..lets start at environment. Read about deep litter. Deep litter is beneficial to a coop. If you deep littler you will not have to do all of that spraying and dusting. It will save money and be less work and stress on you.
    I recommend you clean out your coop every spring and do your spray and dusting in the coop when all the chicks are out for that day. I white wash the coop the old fashion way once a year.


    I understand you are trying to do everything you possibly can do to help your chickens. Sometimes our interventions cause more problems and some people will tell you to medicate, poison, and sterilize the poor critters to death. Too many people have sick and diseased chickens and most of it can be prevented by a healthy normal environment.

    I am assuming that your medication for cocci earlier caused your chickens to have a stripped system. It cleaned out every thing. All the good and the bad. Than you compromised it more by adding additional chemicals. This is not your fault. It is what is told to most people. People tell other people if you love your chickens you need to drug them, than drug them more.

    In some cases you do need to intervene. Injury is one of them. Land environment with heavy worm loads.

    You need to find balance now. Deep litter, ACV.

    When you use wormers, antibiotics, chemicals you pretty much are setting the stage for continued problems. You leave the environment sterile and ripe for additional problems. Wormers leave the strong worms behind and just kill off the weak ones who breed stronger worms. Now you have super worms and you need to change wormers to kill them off. The cycle never ends. Feed pumpkins, cucumbers, and probiotocs.

    Antibiotics kill off everything and make the survivors strong and mutate. (do you know a family who give antibiotics to their kids for every cold and sniffle? They have the kids at the Dr. office every week and the kids still have runny noses and are never healthy) This is the same thing. Chickens need to build a resistance or be culled.


    Put ACV (Brag gs with the mother) in all drinking water. 1 tablespoon for 1/2 gallon.
    Give your sick bird some yogurt and scrambled eggs.
    Seriously consider feeding your flock fermented feed
     

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