Lethargic pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cathyroof, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. cathyroof

    cathyroof New Egg

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    I have a pullet who stumbled out of the roost this morning walking around like she's drunk. She's a bit lethargic, but seems to have gotten slightly perkier as the morning goes on. She's eating and drinking. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem might be? She's probably about 16 weeks or so old.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Pick her up and visually inspect her for lice/mites, especially around her rear end and base of tail feathers. Soiled bedding emits ammonia fumes that could affect her as well, easy to take care of if that's the problem.
     
  3. cathyroof

    cathyroof New Egg

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    Thanks. Checked, no lice. She's got some poo sticking to the feathers near her vent, but nothing blocking anything. I put wormer in their water and she took a nice big drink. I'll be keeping an eye on her. I wonder if it's cocci since she's behaving a bit like some other posts I've seen.
     
  4. cathyroof

    cathyroof New Egg

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    well, she died this morning.
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Sorry for your loss. It could have been cocci. Monitor the rest of the flock for signs of cocci overload. And it is a good idea to keep some cocci meds on hand for these emergent situations. Corid can be hard to find, but it is the best of all cocci treatments, so I would recommend finding some of that. When I had a cocci overload in my 2.5 year old hens (Contrary to what we often believe, cocci overload can happen at any age) I was unable to find Corid in a timely fashion, so I had to resort to Sulmet which meant I had to discard many eggs after the course of treatment.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with the rest of the flock.
     

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