Limp, not eating & drinking, sleepy, depressed chicken. PLZ HELP!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Angeel, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Angeel

    Angeel New Egg

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    So Cleo has hardly been eating or drinking and her comb has paled. One of her eyes keep shutting- as if she is very sleepy as shown. I'm not sure if it is a mosquito bite because there isn't any obvious swelling:[​IMG]

    Also she seems to be very depressed lately, hardly moving except to go in and out of the coop. I suspect it may be something to do with her limp. She seems to be putting all her weight on her left foot. Her feet are also quite swollen and has a case of flaky leg mites. I'm not sure if the flaky leg mites are the cause to her limp because the mites have infected a large number of our other chickens and they seem to be fine. This is the image of her feet:

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    I know they look terrible, but the strange thing is that she has been putting all her weight on her swollen foot and her other foot seems visibly okay, apart from the scaly leg mites and a bit of a scab from the scales coming off as a result scaly leg mites. It doesn't look like she has bumble foot on that leg but perhaps it could be a bacterial infection from the scab? But it seems like she is in a lot of pain when she puts weight on that leg. Apart from treating the scaly leg mites I don't know what to do or how I can help her to stop limping and start to eat and drink. Could someone please help us, it would be so greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Poor girl. She look miserable and the legs look quite painful.This is just my opinion, but if she were mine, I would start treating her for scaly leg mites. The mites have probably made it painful to walk and now she is limping. Since she seems fragile, you may want to separate her so she is not picked on. Soaking the feet and gently cleaning them with a soft toothbrush, then a coat of vaseline to help relieve her a bit until you can get the right medication to treat her. You may want to give her some electrolytes or vitamin water to see if that will help perk her up, along with some hard boiled/scrambled egg. I don't know about antibiotics, so that would be up to you. Sometimes it may be best to start with most basic treatment, then if needed ramp up on meds. Anyway, from what I have read, the mites do go from one bird to another, so if your other ones have scaly leg mite as well, I would treat them and the coop as well.
    Hope she feels better soon.

    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/ectoparasites/mites_of_poultry.html#v3343282
    https://poultrykeeper.com/external-problems/scaly-leg-mite/
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/21215/ivomec-scaly-leg-mites-pics-added
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/710379/really-bad-case-of-scaly-leg-mites
     
  3. katesgardencare

    katesgardencare Out Of The Brooder

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    the mites would definitely be my first thought for the pain! swelling and scabs oh my! please treat those little leggies asap!
     
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  4. Angeel

    Angeel New Egg

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    Do you have any suggestions for the best way to treat the mites? @katesgardencare @Wyorp Rock
     
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  5. katesgardencare

    katesgardencare Out Of The Brooder

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    yes yes yes!!!!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html

    please read this post from the chicken chick. she has listed 4 different ways to treat with pictures too for educational purposes:
    please read it and treat your flock! this has to cause terrible pain, and can cause deformities and loss of toes and feet
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Treatment for mites is in ALL the links I provided and the one that kate posted as well.
     

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