Male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cchicks4, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. cchicks4

    cchicks4 Chirping

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    Male or female?
    This poor chicken is really sick. It won’t move. Not eating much or drinking it’s neck is collapsed into its body and it just has no energy. It sits in one spot all day. It doesn’t seem in pain when I pick him up but it never used to let me touch it. Any advice would help. I’d love to help it but I have no idea
     

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  2. ECSandCCFS

    ECSandCCFS Crowing 5 Years

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    If it is sick, you should probably post in the Emergencies forum. However, if you want us to sex him/her, we will need age, breed if possible and a picture from the side would be really helpful
     
  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Crowing

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    Is a vet an option?
    What does his(?) poop look like? How does his crop feel when you put your hand on it? Body condition? (can you feel a lot of keel-bone/how much weight has he lost) Do you know how long this has been going on?

    If there are no crop issues, I'd begin supportive care with some electrolytes (1 tsp baking soda, 1tbsp corn syrup/honey/sugar, 1 pinch salt, 2 qt water) and some poultry vitamins.

    Consider some aspirin. 1/4 of a 325 mg tablet in his drinking water/in the electrolytes. He's probably in a bit of pain. When you're in serious pain, (think migraines. Or, if you're female, bad menstrual pain) you don't want to fight. Neither do chickens. Don't expect them to yell and whimper; chickens don't react to pain like humans do, and I'm pretty sure that it's because a human that yells for help might get it. A chicken, not so much.

    @casportpony?
    @azygous? will probably be able to help better than I can.
     
  4. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    male leghorn? breed?
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  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

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    Solving any mystery requires clues. You need to give us some.

    How old is this chicken? Does it mainly free range? Do the chickens scratch around in decaying vegetation? Have access to stagnant puddles? Do you have a lot of mosquitoes? Are any other chickens acting any less active than usual? How about poop? Have you seen any blood or worms in the poop? Could their feed have gotten moldy? Have you checked these chickens for mites and lice? How about their coop? Is it possible there are mites in the coop?
     
  6. cchicks4

    cchicks4 Chirping

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    He is around 4 months old. They free range in a forested area. No other birds seem bothered. It’s been over a week now and he has been getting worse. I was away on vacation and just got back. His comb is flopped over. He isn’t really drinking but he won’t bend over to eat I have to hand feed him. I can’t tell if it’s his crop or his chest but it’s hard on his neck. He keeps his neck into his body. I haven’t seen his poop. I checked his body for mites. On his feathers there are some black spots that I think could be mites. I rubbed him down in DE a couple times. His body almost seems bloated.
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    DE won't do anything for mites or anything else. You really need to post in full detail at "Emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," a photo or two would help also. Really you are wasting your time here - he needs medical attention now unless you are expecting to cull him.
     
  8. cchicks4

    cchicks4 Chirping

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    I posted
    I posted there the other day and got no reply. I’ll try again
     

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