Lost one today to respiratory problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by A2chicks, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. A2chicks

    A2chicks Hatching

    Jan 28, 2009
    I lost my first (and favorite) hen this morning. I've read several threads and have already learned some things but I feel really bad that this poor little girl suffered from my lack of expereince. This was an 8 month old Bardrock who started acting lethargic last Thursday and unfortunately I was out of town until Sunday then was sick for a day so I wasn't on top of it. Before I left she was hanging out in side the coop all day--not usual for her but it has been really cold. My chicken sitter found a baby sized egg Thursday on the floor of the coop. All of my girls use the nesting boxes for laying so I wasn't sure whose egg this was but now I think it was probably hers. On Monday I noticed she was just laying in the yard not moving around. I wasn't able to reach the vet. Monday evening she was "panting" open mouthed. I brought her in the house and kept in a crate in a warm basement and used an eyedropper to give her water with an antibacterial herbal and homeopathic combo that I use for myself. When I put her back in her crate she stayed standing with her mouth open and breathing loudly. I didn't know to give her electrolytes. I tried to give her some vitamins ground up in food but she wouldn't eat anything. This morning she was the same and I gavde her more of the "spiked" water. Got an appointment w/ the vet but she died before I could get her there.

    I read the posts about electrolyte solutions and the long article about Colds--that will take some studying. Thank you to all who made that info available.

    What health supplies do people keep around? Any books that are particularly good about chicken health? I have Damerow but didn't find it helpful for identifying symptoms and knowing what to do. I feel so bad I let this one die due to ignorance and don't want to do that again?

    Thanks for any help.

    [​IMG] in Ann Arbor
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    So sorry you lost her, we have ALL been there with you. It sounds like perhaps she may have been egg bound. They often will pant and be depressed etc. Things I like to keep on hand are:

    Poly -vi-sol liquid childrens vitamin
    Nitrofurazone (horse med) great for cuts and bear skin
    Mineral oil
    Tylan or LA 200
    Saline solution
    Syringes/ needles
    Corid/amprolium for coccidia
    Tweezers/ nail cutters
    Blood stop stick/powder
  3. A2chicks

    A2chicks Hatching

    Jan 28, 2009
    Thanks Chickenzoo. What are Tylan and Ivomec for? Do you have a suggestion for a comprehensive but understandable reference for chicken health?
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    Tylan is an antibiotic..Tylan 50 injectable, also comes in water soluble powder.
    for better control of dose and quicker treatment, I prefer the injectable.
    very good for respiratory illness..

    the Ivermec is a broad wormer..also helps de-bug them..
    comes in injectable (don't inject..give orally) or in a drop on form..use like frontline..drops on back of neck.

    both can be found at most farm/feed stores in the livestock section, or online.

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