Sick chicken? Shaking and collapsed- please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kit-Kat, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Kit-Kat

    Kit-Kat Songster

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    Yesterday I noticed that one of my Ameraucanas (2 months old) was keeping her distance from the rest of the flock. She'd walk slowly behind them and then puff up her feathers and tuck her head under her wing. She seemed abnormally lethargic. This morning she didn't run out of the coop with the others when I opened the door, but stayed inside- I went back out to check on her and found her at the bottom of the ramp from the coop kind of flopped over and shaking. I've taken her inside away from the rest of the flock but am not sure what is causing this or if there's anything I can do? She's just sitting here shaking and can't seem to right herself. :(
    I'm having a horrible chicken week so far, I'm really hoping this girl makes it through and that it isn't something the rest of the flock can catch! Any insight or help would be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Could it be cocci?
     
  3. Kit-Kat

    Kit-Kat Songster

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    Could be? Its droppings look normal and not bloody though- but the other symptoms seem to fit. It's started twisting its neck around strangely and sort of desperately trying to flap its wings now and again. Do you think I should treat it as though it has Cocci? :/
     
  4. Kit-Kat

    Kit-Kat Songster

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    Thank you for your help- I'm still pretty new to chickens!
     

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