Please help! Sick silkie and seems to be progressing quick! What should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by theacw, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed her eyes half closed a week ago but that was it and I didnt come across anything when I searched for it. Just late yesterday she started acting off and sleepy. I just went to check on her early this morning and she doesnt look good.

    Last laid egg day before yesterday. Walking with legs really high?

    Someone please help!
     
  2. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please, if ANYONE at all has any advice AT ALL. If there is anything I can do to keep her going at least until someone comes along with a better idea. She had her head tucked into her wing and I know thats never good.

    She is stumbling around like she is drunk. I now have her in a laundry basket inside where it is dark.

    Anybody?
     
  3. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get her on electrolytes and offer scrambled egg to get her strength up. Hopeful someone with more experience than me will chime in with better advice. Good luck!
     
  4. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have syringed fed her water with electrolytes and raw eggs. She wont/cant eat on her own, seems to almost have neuro issues because her perception is way off when she is pecking the food IF she even tries.

    I just wish I knew what was wrong so I could take the next measure!
     
  5. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I could help you - hopefully someone will chime in soon!
     
  6. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know me too! Thanks for your suggestions and I appreciate your support. I have wormer, antibiotics, etc ready to go as soon as someone sees this. I feel so helpless until then. :(

    My new idea is that I think she may have been the one laying these eggs....
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/818273/why-does-this-egg-look-like-this#post_11890535

    I looked at all the eggs that came from that chicken and there are 3 that look like that. UGH. So maybe one broke inside her? Agh I dont know what to do. So frustrating.

    I just wanna save my baby girl.
     
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  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would suspect Mareks disease, or another neurological disease. Vitamin deficiencies, botulism, and aspergillosis also cause neurological problems. Here is a list of common diseases:
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Doesn't it seem that her perception is off? Is she skin and bones? What color is her poop? What do her eyes look like?
     
  9. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes her perception has been off. Walking wise just today but the last couple days she has had a hard time pecking food normally. I am 99% she was vaccinated for mareks and she is over 2 years old so wouldnt that be rare?

    She does seem sort of thin but not too obvious. She is a little girl so its hard to tell.

    Eyes look ok besides them being half closed for almost a week.

    She has only pooped once and it looked normal since this morning

    Her symptoms include:

    Walking funny, lifting legs up high
    Lifting her head and a gasping every so often
    Lethargic
    Wont eat or drink- attempts every so often but perception is off
    Hasnt laid an egg in 2 days? Someone has been laying weird cracked eggs that have been sealed over by the time they actually pass. (see pic if confusing)

    What I am doing:
    I have her in a dark area.
    Force feeding water (have gotten a lot in her) with electrolytes and duramycin (sp?)
    Force feeding her raw eggs


    She seems to maybe be a LITTLE better/alert but not much.

    Any advice or suggestions?
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013
  10. theacw

    theacw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a video i took a few hours ago of her attempting to eat cheese, her favorite. Sorry for darkness, this is after I brought her inside where it was dark and quiet for her

     

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