need help with a sick chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tbelknap, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. tbelknap

    tbelknap New Egg

    Feb 7, 2014
    I am new to this site, because I have a chicken that is causing me great concern.... I raised this chicken from September'13 from the hatched egg... once it was bigger I moved it to the chicken house with the rest of my flock.... 3 days ago I went to the house to let them out for the day and this guy was in the corner, hunched down, he had a bleeding open spot on his upper neck about the size of a half dollar, and most of the feathers on the back of his neck were gone. I brought him into my house and cleaned him up, put some triple antibiotic cream on it, and put him in a large dog crate, with a bed of hay, food ,& water...... I take him out of the cag? e at least 3-4 times a day. He seems to be eating good ( corn, mash, occasionally apple and dried bread... Bowels are no problem) HIs balance is not great... He'll stand then try to fluff his feathers and he falls to a sitting position. Today he started panting.... which he now does intermittently.... I have taken him outside and set him down with the other 3 he was born with that have ALWAYS hung together and ran together, but he hardly moves. He just looks at them and then sits down.... What can I do? I don't know what may be the problem. Is it possible the he has a fever/infection? I have kept him in the house these few days, the temp in here has been 73ish.... tho I am working on putting him in a cooler area this evening and from here out..... someone please give me some insight !! Thanks
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on the Emergencies forum, good luck to you.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    I am so sorry about your baby. I have no idea what is plaguing your bird. It does sound like he was wounded by the others looking so sick however. I think you should post this question in the emergency section here on BYC for more answers. But for now, if you live in a cold climate, I would keep him under a heat lamp. Sick birds get very cold. Marthab1953 included the link....Here is the link again....

    I hope he recovers soon. [​IMG]

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X5 on the Emergencies forum, sorry about your sick chicken, hope he gets well.
  6. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2014
    Central Fla.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your baby[​IMG] your in the rite place. I hope you can get some answers. Welcome to BYC
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Did you check his wounds for punctures? Those are more likely to get infected. It sounds like another chicken(?) or more attacked him. I would be careful leaving him alone with the others . He may have had some head injury which would affect his balance.
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you in the flock [​IMG]

    Wow that is horrible, but it sound's like you are doing the right thing
    so far but it will take a couple of days or weeks for you chick to get
    back to normal ........ The only difference is I might be keeping your
    chicken in a warm place to stay as his body will not be keeping his
    body temp at normal ...........

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