Nugget is feeling sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CarriBrown, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'm just wondering what I should do for Nugget. She's not acting like her normal self. She doesn't seem overly excited for food (have you seen how fat she is??) and just seems depressed.
    DH and I brought her inside to clean her poopy butt (she's had a poopy butt since birth and it doesn't block her vent, but it does build up on her pedi coat and looks gross) and weighed her. She is 3-3/4lbs and the last time we weighed her she was almost 4lbs even.
    She's not sniffling, no coughing, no weird poops, no mites/lice/etc. She is still "talking" a lot but just seems depressed.
    Suggestions please!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hmm, is she molting? My SLW Lorelei suddenly lost alot of weight before I noticed she had entered a hard molt. She was skin and bones! She also had a couple of egg problems, but recovered nicely and is fat and sassy again. She would hang around the coop and sit on the roost and didn't seem to want to eat much, either.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd start with a good probiotic and maybe some Avia Charge 2000. No matter what is wrong, those are very supportive things to do for her body. They make sure she has what she needs. Other than that, I don't know.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That could be it... She's not molting, but you said your girl was acting that way before a molt? Now Gwen, she's molting bad. That poor girl looks like she's ready for the stewpot!

    I'm just so scared of taking chances. I've had a hard year of loosing birds. [​IMG]
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Carri, Lorelei wasn't visibly molting, and I noticed suddenly she looked really thin. When I picked her up, she was a bag of bones. I was so alarmed by that so we started doing supplemental feedings to get her to eat and BOOM! her feathers just dropped off. She laid a shell less egg then a soft shelled one and I was afraid we'd lose her, but it was just a really sudden, hard molt, plus it was also still hot out at that time.
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:I put the Avia Charge in their water, and I did give her a vitamin drop earlier (I'm almost certain it's probiotic).
    We have had problems with cocci in the past, so I'm wondering if I should treat their water or take a poop in for a float?
     
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Hi Carrie... a faecal float would be a good idea and so is the vitamins and yogurt until she starts showing other symptoms .
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    If you've had problems before, I think it would be a good idea to test, just in case.
     

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