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My buff is lethargic and unresponsive...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mychickensrock, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed her hanging out under the coop this morning. Each time I went out today (6 or 7 times) she hadn't moved. She's all puffed up. I've been searching the site, but I'm not sure what's up. She's inside right now, wrapped up in a blanket in my DD's arms. Last week, I noticed that she had mites. Ordered and applied DE directly to her and cleaned out the coop. Don't see anymore mites. She's skinny (has been since we got her 2 weeks ago). She had been eating and everything normal until today. She's been coming out of a molt. Her belly is soft, not egg bound, vent is clean and clear, her eyes are clear although her pupils are quite dilated. Her comb is bright red, almost purple. She does have some black spots on her comb. I know those are probably pox. I don't have any of the antibiotic things that i've seen mentioned. She hasn't pooped since I brought her in, so I don't know if it's worms. She doesn't care about food or water. What could it be and what can I do tonight?
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Has she laid an egg? She could be laying internally and if that is the case, the symptoms you described mean she isnt long for this world; however, it could be something else. You've only had her two weeks, so you dont know what was happening with her before that. I've had several internal layers and their abdomens are never hard feeling, but they are skin and bones at the end, and unresponsive right before they pass on.
     
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  3. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if she's laying again or not. We have had a few odd eggs lately (shell-less), but we attributed it to one of our younger girls who is just starting to lay. Don't know if they could be hers or not. Is there a way to tell if she's an internal layer?
     
  4. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dipped her beak in water, nothing. I tried to open her beak to give her water, but I can't get it open. Her comb feels very cool. Is there anything I can do?
     
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

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    Do you have some pictures? Would that help us at all?
    Christina
     
  6. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if they'll help, but give me a sec and I'll take some.
     
  7. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just laying here. She is breathing.

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    I don't know if you can tell, but her pupils seem really big. Can you see how reddish purple her comb is?

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    Can you see her breast bone? She's so skinny.

    Oh my, she's got kinda crackly breathing now. Is she dying?
     
  8. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buffy just died. She had some crackly breaths then started turning bluish and her eyes opened. [​IMG] The kids and I are so sad.
     
  9. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    [​IMG] so sorry for your loss.
     
  10. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I don't know what to do with her.
     

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