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Need Help, Am I overreacting?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smthgreyson, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. smthgreyson

    smthgreyson New Egg

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    Hello everyone and thanks for reading this. I'll fill out the form to let you all know what is going on.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    Around 2 years old, no change in weight
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Mouth is open. Sometimes makes a low gurgling noise (not often) and occasional sneeze. Is having trouble eating her chicken kibble, seems to break it down first and then eat it. I gave her some wild bird feed (smaller than their kibble) which she enjoys eating.
    She is also MUST slower than usual. Looking around a lot and not as skittish as she used to be.
    Very lethargic.
    Other than that, she can still run, jump and forage. Her face is also still red.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    I have noticed two days ago.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    We had a lot of cold and rain recently and live in the Pacific Northwest.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    She still drinks water and eats their food, but not as often as she used to.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    I posted below how the poop is like
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Nothing yet, I've just been making sure she isn't going hungry.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I want to treat myself but am willing to buy medicines of course.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Standard home with lots of hay for comfort/warmth
     
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  2. smthgreyson

    smthgreyson New Egg

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    I just managed to check her poop, it is half brown, and half dark green. She is also sneezing every once in a while.
     
  3. smthgreyson

    smthgreyson New Egg

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    anyone?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She sounds like she has a respiratory disease. MG, infectious bronchitis, coryza, ILT, and others are common ones. They can make carriers of the whole flock. Tylan, Gallimycin, and tetracycline drugs are commonly given to treat the bacterial ones, or to prevent secondary infections in virral diseases.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Might be a good idea to get a baseline weight on her. The scale I use is a digital food scale, which you can get at Walmart, Target, etc. Looks like this:

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    I prefer to weigh in grams as it makes tracking their weight and calculating doses of medicine easier.

    -Kathy
     
  6. smthgreyson

    smthgreyson New Egg

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    If they can make carriers of the whole flocks, should I give medicine to the hens that look healthy too?
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Would be best to have the sick one tested. Where do you live?

    -Kathy
     
  8. smthgreyson

    smthgreyson New Egg

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    Seattle, WA. But is there any harm in giving medicine to the healthy looking hens too? I'm going out today to buy some.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It's best to only treat birds who have symptoms. If they have been around the sick bird they can get sick also, but giving antibiotics to them won't prevent an outbreak. Separate the sick bird, and treat it, and if any others come down with symptoms, do the same. Testing by a lab or your vet would be a good idea to know what disease, and to know if your bird is a carrier. Here are some links for testing labs and the state vet who can answer questions about testing:
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
     

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