Sick Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KristyHall, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello,
    I'm Kristen. I originally posted this on backyard herds it was suggested I post this here too.

    I have a sick hen in my bathtub. She has been there for a few days. She seems alert but I have to hand feed her a mush water mix via tube. She still isn't eating on her own and now her poop is green.
    I am about ready to give up and put her out of her misery but I want to see if there is something else I can do.
    Anyone know whats going on?
    Now on top of it she seems to to be having trouble with a leg.
    A couple of other birds acted like they had a cold but quickly recovered, but this hen seems to only stand there or lay there. She accepts the food easily at least.
     
  2. satsuki23

    satsuki23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is the poop lime green?
     
  3. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    No it is bright and a little darker than lime, with swirls of white in it.
    I can only get a couple of ounces down her before she fights too much and sometime sher crop feels full.
     
  4. satsuki23

    satsuki23 Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like botulism check the forum for cures, I had this with one of my chickens one time and it fully recovered. It is from eating moldy foods.
     
  5. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    Botulism? Oh my!
    Can I pick it up from cleaning the bird and such?
    Also, someone suggested merecks disease
     
  6. satsuki23

    satsuki23 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, just wash your hands it could be Merck but it sounds like botulism try flushing it with Epsom salts. Dosage either a teaspoon per gallon or a tablespoon not sure so look it up.
     
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  8. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you. I read up on botulism in chickens. I was considering putting her down if it was merecks but it looks like she can recover from botulism as long as I continue to feed and water her by hand until she's strong enough to get over it.
    I do think I need to move her out of the bathtub for a while and thoroughly clean the tub though to limit her exposure to infected droppings.
     
  9. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    Quick update:
    She seems perkier and keeps fighting being given water. Her crop keeps remaining full. It is not nearly as full as when I first brought her in, but full non the less.
    Could it started out as impacted or sour crop then it rotted in her crop which caused the botulism poisoning? I watched her for a couple of days when she started exhibiting symptoms after I gave them turnips and greens that I did not chop up very well and when she seemed to get worse that is when I moved her into the bath tub three days ago. i have been giving her sugar water until three days ago when I started feeding her a water feed mash by tube.
    I did not think about the turnip greens until I saw the post on sour crop.
     

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