Scorpion sting, bird cant walk, what do i DO?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tanichca, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Black Australorp pullet, about 3 months old, maybe 3 pounds?
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Bird cannot walk, cannot put weight on leg. Other than this, she is still feisty and tries to fight if you hold her. Little brothers found and killed a scorpion a few minutes after they found her.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? Since this morning
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Scorpion sting, its their season.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Layer feed, water.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? None, little bro is holding her to keep her from walking.
    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? As cheap as possible.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Large coop, nest boxes full of sawdust.
     
  2. BrattishTaz

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    I've seen a few posts where bark scorpions stung chickens. Wash the wound well. Benadryl (preferably liquid) will help stop the reaction to the toxin. Dosage of 1 to 2 ml worked for the others. Good luck.

    Edited to add a link to another scorpion sting post. There are also other links within this link. I would try to get the Benadryl in her ASAP.
     
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  3. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    Quote:I cant find any wound or sting mark though.
     
  4. Tanichca

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    I found some benedryl allergy stuff, but its the tablets... can i dissolve a bit of one in water? Or maybe dissolve it in gatorade?
     
  5. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    She is doing worse, not moving at all, except to eat a bit. I'm going to give her some gatorade.
     
  6. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no. I don't know what to tell you. I hope your chicken gets better. Sending hugs. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. BrattishTaz

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    How many mgs are the pills? Try to get 1 or 2 mgs into her. She will seem to get much worse before she gets any better. She is going to breathe heavily and appear to be paralyzed. The Benadryl will make her sleep. She should start to improve in a few hours. Don't worry about her eating for right now. Give Gatoraid if she will drink it. Again, I don't know what kind of scorpions you have there, the treatment worked for bark scorpion stings.


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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=510657&p=1
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  8. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    I put a 25 mg pill, crushed, into a thing of gatorade. I go out every hour and force feed a few drops into her. She is more alert, and starting to move again. She flopped from the table to the ground, so at least she's semi-mobile.
     
  9. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good sign. I hope she keeps improving.
     
  10. pottymouthspoultry

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    Please keep us posted...hope she continues to get better!
     

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