Oh, no! What's wrong with my Cora??? : (

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BigDaddy'sGurl, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Bantam Frizzled Cochin, around 5 months old, somewhat skinny.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Noticed her seeming sleepy yesterday, and today she was definitely more sleepy. Still fairly active, just seems easily tired.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 2 days
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. None of those
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. It's been overly rainy the last few days here and got cold/windy yesterday and today. She got pretty wet in the run, but so did the others because they wouldn't stay in the coop.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Very little of either but she did eat some yogurt.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. None seen yet...and it's been about 3 hours since she's been inside. Crop is empty.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Bath to warm her up and clean her from the mud in the run, blow drying, put wormer in her water as I suspect she may have worms...
    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? Home treatment.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. No pics
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use: Pine shavings in coop and dirt floored run.

    Cora is the only frizzle I have and she is a pet. Just noticed her seeming "sleepy" yesterday but dismissed it. When I let them out to free range today she spent a good deal of time standing and nodding off to sleep. But when I approached her she would immediately perk up and run off and was quite vocal when I picked her up. She fought her way through her bath as well... no respiratory symptoms. Just acts lethargic. She hasn't started laying yet, and is fairly smallish but has always been vibrant and healthy. I am thinking the culprit could be either worms or mites or both? Will dust her in the morning before I go to work to be safe, but I think I got the majority of the bugs (didn't see any but they are small) when I bathed her. Did worm my adult flock recently but hadn't wormed her group and I saw worms in the poop of the group I DID worm, so she may have picked some up from them? I am worming her group while she is staying inside and worming her also. Also strange occurrence: maybe a coincidence but after her bath my hands smelled like iron? Maybe blood loss but the water just looked dirty with mud? She is curled up in front of the heat light and was sleeping until my daughter just now offered her more yogurt mixed with her starter crumbles and my daughter said she was gobbling it eagerly...
  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    I would just go ahead and worm her and see if that helps. [​IMG] Hopefully someone else can give you better advice!
  3. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2011
    NE Alabama
    I think probably worms too. Maybe give her some warm oatmeal or boil/scrambled egg.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are possibly 3 issues here that you could be dealing with, maybe all 3 at once; lice/mites, eggbound, worms.
  5. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Thanks everyone! I truly think it is lice/mites and or worms. Dawg, she hasn't reached maturity yet and doesn't seem to be in discomfort, so I don't think she is eggbound... I HOPE not!!!

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