Sick 5 year old Wyandotte. Please help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jaxchickens, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. jaxchickens

    jaxchickens Hatching

    Nov 25, 2012
    My sweet Wynonna Wyandotte is not doing so well. Background: I have two backyard chickens Rolf and Wynonna, both female, around the same age, exact same food and living conditions. We are in north Florida, so it is very hot, but they have shade and water always available. These two girls are my troopers. They have survived possums, ospreys, dogs, and the constant hugs from my kids. Both are vaccinated and neither have had any serious health issues ever.

    Wynonna started acting a little drunk about a week ago. Sluggish, just not herself. This then turned into her walking a few steps and then laying down, then repeating. Now she can't walk or stand. She was eating and drinking when I put her food and water in front of her, but she has stopped doing this for herself. I have been needleless syringe feeding her for two days. I started her on antibiotics, acv in her water, and a yogurt/feed puree. While inspecting her i did find a half dollar sized scab on her side above her leg. I have cleaned and cared for this and its healing nicely. Rolf is perfectly fine.

    She is vaccinated. She's been in Florida her entire life with no heat issues. She stopped laying eggs about three days before she presented her drunk behavior.

    I'm leaning towards botulism, just because i have a neighbor that has thrown moldy food over my fence for my girls in the past.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Songster

    Jun 26, 2016
    could be spraddle leg, or, she could have a splinter. my Svart Hona roo got a splinter once, and i had to pull it out. i found it useful to rub either side of his breast bones to keep him still.
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I've had chickens with botulism. Keep feeding her and keep her hydrated. Over the last 10 years I've had three chickens get what I think is botulism. Each time it took around three days for them to get over it. We are also in Florida. It seemed to happen after a few days of rain.

    Good luck!

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