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My Poor Silver Dutch Bantam

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Littlespeak, May 29, 2016.

  1. Littlespeak

    Littlespeak New Egg

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    Please help. I have a 4 month old Silver Dutch Bantam. She has not been acting right for 2 days. This morning she isn't walking right. She falls over onto her side then will just lay/sit there. She eats a little and she barely drinks. She just sits there then will sleep almost all day. I have her isolated from the rest of the flock. Thank you for all your help!!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Have you added new birds to your flock recently? She could just be suffering from dehydration, but she also could possibly have coccidiosis, a crop impaction, or something else. Is she getting close to laying eggs yet? Can you feel of her crop to see if it is full and hard, empty, or soft and puffy? Can you get some SaveAChick or electrolytes to give her? Pedialyte or Gatorade are acceptable. I would mix up some raw egg and plain yogurt to see if she will eat it. Fluids are most important now. The symptoms of coccidiosis are runny poops with mucus or blood, hunched or puffed up posture, not eating, and weakness. Corid (amprollium) is the medicine to treat it, and is at feed stores in the cattle aisle. If she is close to laying, you can feel inside her vent with a lubricated finger to feel for a stuck egg.
     
  3. Littlespeak

    Littlespeak New Egg

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    Thank you Eggcessive for all your help. I'll try to answer your questions one by one. No she's one of eleven in her flock. I got them all together on the same day. I've been wondering about her laying. She's my first girl that is making a nest in the boxes. I'll go check her crop to see if it is impacted. I'll also take her and the other girls some Gatorade. It has been so hot and humid here. I've moved the coop to a full time shady spot that has a nice breeze. Thank you again for all your help!! I'll give you an update on how she is doing.
     

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