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need help with a sick chicken

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

  1. tbelknap

    tbelknap New Egg

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    Hi,
    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
    Tbelknap
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on the Emergencies forum, good luck to you.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    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....

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    I hope he recovers soon. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    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

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    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

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    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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