My girl is sick and not eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brendajohowell, May 30, 2017.

  1. brendajohowell

    brendajohowell Just Hatched

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    3 days ago (Saturday the 27th) we found one of our sliver Wyandottes barely able to move. She couldn't lift her head and was very limp all over. There were not any signs of physical trauma. I honestly did not think she would last the hour,but my daughter managed to get water down her and she has recovered to the point where she can stand up and hold up her head again, but she is barely drinking any water on her own and she hasn't ate anything since we found her this way. She also barely moves.

    The other 9 girls do not seem to have any problems. We have separated Silver from the flock and is inside as I don't want the other birds to get her illness and the heat would probably be to much for her. With Silver barely eating or drinking she has still laid an egg 2 of the last three days.

    Her poop the first day did look a little bloody and was very runny. Yesterday it was more solid but not normal looking.

    I think she will get better if I can get her to eat. (So far the only thing she ate was a strawberry we cut up for her).

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. brandon00733

    brandon00733 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Did he stop eating after just the one strawberry or did she want more? Do you have anything in the yard she could have gotten into and maybe shouldn't have? Recently used anything different on your yard? Or maybe worms or parasites you would have to take her to a vet for fecal sample. I hope you figure it out I'm sorry this was just off the top of my head.
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi @brendajohowell :frow Welcome To BYC

    How long have you had her?
    Do you have any photos - of her and the poop?

    Have you seen any more blood in the poop?

    Bloody poop could be an indication of Coccidiosis overload, infection and sometimes worms (heavy infestation).

    Did she have trouble laying the eggs - or was there blood on the eggs when laid?

    It's so hard to know what's going on. Getting her hydrated is the most important thing to do. Since she is off feed, lethargic and you saw blood in her poop - you may want to treat for Coccidiosis just to be safe. Treatment is with Corid which can usually be found at your local feed store or online. Alternatively, if you have a vet that can perform some tests on a fresh poop sample that would be good too, they can check for cocci, worms and bacterial infection. Corid dosage is 1 1/2 teaspoons Corid powder per gallon or 2 teaspoons of 9.6% Corid liquid per gallon. Give for 5-7 days - make sure this is the ONLY water available during that time period. Mix a fresh batch at least once a day.
    After they finish treatment offer some poultry vitamins and probiotics/plain yogurt.

    Try to encourage her to eat with wet feed, hard boiled egg, tuna, etc., but fluids are important.

    Keep us posted.
     
  4. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can try feeding her yogurt, too.
     
  5. brendajohowell

    brendajohowell Just Hatched

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    She is a year old, no blood on her eggs. Our girls do roam some what although they are contained to a section of our yard. No pesticides are used at all in our yard so I can't think of anything she would have gotten into.
     

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