problem child - please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by the5ksinusa, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. the5ksinusa

    the5ksinusa Out Of The Brooder

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) She is about 30 weeks
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. not eating, not drinking, fluffed up, lethargic
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 2-3 days
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. Nope
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. cold weather, rain?
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Layers pellet and corn
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Runny, yellow
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? None (we brought her inside the house for one day, she perked up)
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? treat ourselves
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. On shavings in chicken house, coop 30 x15?

    Please help, one of our hens became very lethargic, is all puffed up, not moving much, not eating and drinking much either, winter came recently with a vengeance and we brought her in for a day & night. she perked up but as soon as we brought her outside again she reverted again. Her comb went greenish and she also makes a funny noise when she poops. I have attached pictures, any ideas and help would be very welcome!!!
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She should be immune to coccidiosis by now, but If she is new or you recently have added birds that could have exposed her to a new strain of cocci (there are 9), she could still get it. Corid (amprollium) is the treatment for 5 days. Worms could also be a problem, and check her vent area and all over for mites.
     
  3. the5ksinusa

    the5ksinusa Out Of The Brooder

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    we had them vaccinated for cocci and mareks and haven't added any more birds, so that should exclude it, right? we brought her back in and she is drinking (a lot)
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That should eliminate coccidiosis I would think. Can you get a stool sample tested at your vet for worms? If you do choose to worm her, please use one that gets more than roundworm, such as fenbendazole (SafeGuard horse paste or liquid goat wormer) or albendazole (Valbazen.)
     

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