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Sick Chicken HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tomhoogstra, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    So one of hens was making a lot of noise the other night so I went and got her. Turns out she had sour crop.

    I massaged her crop whilst holder her upside down and a large amount of vomit was released.
    I put her back in the nesting box and went to sleep, and because my room is next to the chicken coop, I could hear he scrawking and bumping her head all night.

    Next morning she had no appetite, wasnt drinking and not moving much either.

    So today I went out to the shops and bought some live yogurt, its called yakult and started squirting that down her throat as best I could. Right now shes inside because its fairly hot outside and her eyes are red. I am thinking she has had no sleep because of the sour crop. She has weird neck movements as well.

    I don't have access to anti-biotics for chickens because the vet is too expensive, but I've tried the yakult and feeding her scrambled eggs.
    She is drinking if you put her beak in a bowl of water.

    I don't want to leave her for too long because with the last 2 hens that have died, they showed the same symptoms, except for the sour crop and neck movements.
    Should I let her sleep, keep feeding her yogurt and water?

    I AM DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS!
     
  2. joelman7

    joelman7 Out Of The Brooder

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    same thing is kinda happening to me but whats sour crop
     
  3. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    Sour crop is when the food in the chickens crop doesnt clear overnight so it develops bacteria, You have to make the chicken vomit out the fluids to help.
     
  4. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    Still needing advice,
     
  5. joelman7

    joelman7 Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry im on the same page i dont know whats wong with mine. my chickens thing on its head is leaning got anything
     
  6. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yikes, I've had trouble with this before. One hen that I adopted had sour crop and vent gleet when I got her and it never cleared up, I had to cull her because her quality of life was so bad. A few chicks that I raised got impacted crop while the neighbor watched them, and those I treated with yogurt, scrambled eggs, apple cider vinegar, raw garlic juice... basically what you're doing. DON'T do antibiotics, those will destroy any probiotic cultures in the system and set your hen back in her healing. I would keep doing what you're doing, but I've never tried the vomiting method, how's her crop now? Is she any more active or eating/drinking more? Good luck and keep us updated.
     
  7. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    Her crop is better now, but I think she still has a little bit of infection.
    She still isnt eating or drinking at will, but we did see her poo out the yogurt.
    And her voice is back, we heard her speak for the first time since the night I found her scrawking.

    She still seems like she doesnt know where she is, I'm not sure if bumping her head could of gave her brain damage.
    And she jumped out of the box i had her in and took a little walk.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2012
  8. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Sounds like your making progress, just one thing I would have done differently and that is I would have NEVER flipped her upside down to empty her. That is very DANGEROUS, RISKY and extremely stressful on any chicken. I had tried it on my lavender silkie within TWO minutes he was GONE. SO with the advice of a vet, ONLY use that as a FINALLY and last resort. She should be on a Liquid Diet right now until her crop completely empties and LOTS of Massaging.
     
  9. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    NOT ADVISEABLE..... First of all Chickens Don't Vomit, second by doing this you risk the chance of KILLING Them.
     
  10. Wayne&Kim1963

    Wayne&Kim1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have access to antibiotics. Just order them. Valleyvet.com and KVVetsupply.com has them. I usually give them penicillin and tylan 50 together as first line in antibiotics I give. I will give 1cc of penicillin and 1/2cc of tylan 50 in injections to adult hen under skin on breast. I make sure the tylan has mixed with penicillin in syringe well because tylan can be hard on tissue and I have found it to be fine when mixed like that. I order syringes from shopmedvet.com though they are less expensive. I don't order any meds from them though.
    You may not get them quickly enough to save this chicken but at least you will have some on hand.
     

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