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Severe Weight loss, Few Additional Symptoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HotChickenLady, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. HotChickenLady

    HotChickenLady New Egg

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    My Red X is only 1100 grams, a third of what she should be... Pure skin and bones! Aside from a bit of weakness (she stopped roosting and moves more slowly), there are few other symptoms.

    She's eating/drinking well, bright-eyed, curious, out scratching, poop normal, no sign of worms, feathers decent, no sign of mites (that I can tell), breathing normal. She's a bully so would have had access to food.

    I had her in the house for a week, out of the cold. Wormed her with safe-guard and gave her water soluble vitamins, lots of food. She did have a bit of diarrhea once I started treating her. Still no expelled worms. Her weight has maybe increased 50grams.

    She does smell quite bad/funny. I inspected her mouth for cankers and crop for impaction/infection. I think it's fine.

    Any thoughts on possible diseases or treatment? I've been reading the forums and chicken health book... at a loss.

    I did examine and weigh all my other birds and they all are underweight, down from last my last record (none nearly as skinny as my red x)... Which makes me think worms. still, no evidence in the droppings or abnormal droppings. The others appear healthy.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Is she laying? How old is she?
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Can you post a picture of her poop? Do you want to learn how to tube feed?

    -Kathy
     
  4. HotChickenLady

    HotChickenLady New Egg

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    She is about 2 years old. She hasn't laid for several months. Moulting in August/September and then with the cold no one has been laying (I don't supplement heat/light) but I was expecting the odd few eggs a week. My flock is old... 2-6 years old.
     
  5. HotChickenLady

    HotChickenLady New Egg

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    Thank you! I am out of town today but can post a pic today. I would be interested in learning tube feeding, although she had been eating quite well.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Probably best to start tubing baby bird food and see if you can get her to start gaining more weight. You might also want to think about treating her for capillary worms, which means giving Safeguard @ 0.5ml orally for five days.

    -Kathy
     
  7. HotChickenLady

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    Ok thank you. I just got home from being away a night. I gave her a big bowl of food and she ate it all - scrambled eggs, mashed feed.

    She seems weaker but smells much better and her poop is less watery. I gave her safeguard twice, 7 days apart but not in a row.... So I dosed her today and will do so the next 5 days.

    Attached are poop pics from the last 24 hours. I'm not seeing worms. There is a slight green tinge. I bathed her as she had a messy backside... I think from sitting in it. Her crop looks really big in the pic... She just ate. I'm fairly sure it's emptying ok.

    I did find mouldy corn a couple weeks ago (leak in the bin) and tossed it but wondering about a fungal infection from eating that. Still... From what I've read the symptoms are more intense with a quicker onset.

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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Might be a good idea to clean off her back side. [​IMG] Green poop when they eating can mean bacterial infection.

    -Kathy
     

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