Lost a Bird to Illness this Morning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by YardBirdCountry, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    I "yard" my birds. They wander the yard at day, and they go up to the top of the coop to roost and sleep at night and I shut them in until the morning.

    Last night I got home a bit late and it was already dark. All of my birds were up at the usual spots in the coop. But one of my birds was at the bottom of the coop, at the dry part. It was just laying there breathing. I decided to move it up top since it gets cold at night but it was at a part that was difficult to reach so I used a branch (feel bad about this now). Bird was being stubborn about moving and I had difficulty moving it to where I could grab it out of the coop.

    Bird seemed lethargic and I noticed some discharge near (not on) the vent (greenish, yellow, thick). But it was breathing (maybe a bit heavy). I put it up top with the birds so it would stay dry and warm.

    The next morning I let the birds out and they all left the coop per their usual behavior. But the sick bird was just laying there in the muck on the uncovered (wet and mucky side) of the coop). I removed it from the muck and put it outside the coop. It just laid there and the other birds started picking at it.

    I decided to isolate the bird. I brought out a brooding box, put some dry bedding in it and brought the bird into the garage. I put a heating light there to try to keep it in the high 70s low 80s. I dried off the bird and wiped off the muck. I put food and water in the box and left the top off.

    Bird was really lethargic, its head was slowly spinning around (kinda like it was nodding off) and it had difficulty keeping it up. Then it just started drooping its head.

    While I was eating breakfast I heard "thrashing." I went to check on the bird and it was lying on its side but still breathing.

    But by the time I ate breakfast and got ready for work the bird was dead.

    Any ideas on what killed it? What can I do to keep the other birds from getting sick.

    It's been raining everyday around here and been pretty cold as well. I've kept the top of the coop where they roost, clean, dry, and full of fresh bedding. Uncovered bottom (and most of my yard) is pretty much wet muck. Not much I can do about that until it stops raining every day.
     
  2. schnebbles

    schnebbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, but I'm sorry :(
     
  3. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry its always bad when a bird die make shere the others sont have mites
     
  4. cngsoft

    cngsoft Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm no expert but the description of the poop makes me think of liver and intestine failure. Disease? Parasites? Poisoning, maybe?
     
  5. cngsoft

    cngsoft Out Of The Brooder

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  6. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys. That's helpful. It might have been impacted crop based on the "sour" smell and some of the neck moving behavior. Which means if I knew about it the night I noticed this, I may have been able to save the bird with the olive oil and crop massage techniques. Not sure though. All the other birds seem ok, including it's two sisters. It's fine because the coop was getting a bit crowded and I think I have too many birds and needed to upgrade or reduce flock size anyway. I was probably going to have to process one of the birds. This one wouldn't have been the one I would have picked for the soup pot though.

    Ugh - why couldn't it have been one of the noisy and annoying ones.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry for you loss...

    If you live in the US find a lab in your State and have necropsies done. It's free in some States like California and Maryland.

    Some labs listed by State:
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/csf_lab_list.pdf

    Or google the name of your State and "veterinary diagnostic lab"

    This is a copy and paste from an old post of mine, ignore the California parts unless you live in California. [​IMG]


    -Kathy
     
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  8. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    That's very helpful to know if I need it done for next time - wish I did not already dispose of the bird.
     
  9. YardBirdCountry

    YardBirdCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    Was working in my crawl space and I very likely found out what killed the bird. I think it started pecking at and eating foam insulation then the foam got into its crop and or stomach and caused it to get sick and die. I recently (right around the time the bird died) sealed up my crawl space from rodents and I think the chicken who died got into that stuff before it fully set (it was the most aggressive of the younger birds). It is the "great stuff" foam sealant you can get at hardware stores.

    I blocked off the area where they could get access to foam and most likely even if they get over there they will not be able to peck at it successfully because it has fully set and hardened.

    A necropsy could have confirm but it appeared that the foam had been "pecked at" as opposed to scratched at by mice.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2013

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