Sick chicken. Vet no help. Need help with care and diagnosis!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by harrellkd, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Help please! I have a bantam hen who has been acting strangely for the past two days. I live in the mountains of North Carolina. We have had some crazy back and forth temperatures here the past few days, and at first, I thought it must have something to do with that. The others are fine though, and she does not seem to be getting better.

    She has been staying inside the coop, only coming out to eat a tiny bite, or get water. She walks around with her wings sticking out slightly from her body, and her feathers stay puffed out. She is very weak and tired. Today, I found her hiding under a hanging feeder in the coop. The other chickens seem to want nothing to do with her.

    She keeps her beak partially open (like chickens sometimes do when they are hot), and has labored breathing. Holding her, I can feel a raspiness on the right side under her ribs.

    She is 10 months old, and is a Millie Fleur D'uccle. At first I thought maybe she was egg bound, as she is still yet to lay an egg. I cannot feel anything, her vent is closed and everything looks normal. Her droppings look completely normal as well. I am thinking respiratory infection of some sort?

    Right now, she is isolated and in the house with me. I added some Tetroxy HCA to her water and have been getting her to drink a little bit. I also rubbed VetRX on her comb. I called the vet, but he had nothing further to suggest besides what I have already done. I am so worried!!!! Any advice?!?!
     
  2. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can see her in my Avator photo last spring.
     
  3. RockyFieldsFarm

    RockyFieldsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that the same tetracycline? I give that and then a vitamin/electrolyte solution, but not at the same time. The tetracycline will bind with the vitamins and be flushed from the system. I also use an infrared light and isolation if needed. It sounds like you're doing all the right things, best of luck!
     
  4. RockyFieldsFarm

    RockyFieldsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have much luck with the vet rx once it's gone this far... I'll give it more as a profolactic when the weather is fluctuating
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I think it's this:
    Oxytetracycline


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    This package weighs 280 grams
    Package contains 102.4 grams oxytetracycline

    102.4 / 280 = 0.37 , which means that it's 37% oxytetracycline and 63% filler
    370 mg per gram
    One teaspoon probably weighs 3 grams, so it's 3 x 370mg = 1110 mg per teaspoon
    The 800 mg dose for one gallon = ~3/4 teaspoons

    -Kathy
     
  6. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes! This is what I am currently giving her! I am just concerned that she isn't getting enough, quick enough?

    Is there anything else I could be doing that I am not?
     
  7. harrellkd

    harrellkd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, thank you. I just thought I would try everything I could :(
    She is my favorite, so I am super worried!
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  10. RockyFieldsFarm

    RockyFieldsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what we use
     

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