Sick chicken :/

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mirandadaviss, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. mirandadaviss

    mirandadaviss Hatching

    Nov 26, 2014
    Hey guys, so I have a flock of 7 (2 silkies, 3 Rhode islands, and 2 silvers) and one of the Silvers is pretty sick. 2 weeks ago, I noticed she was extremely lethargic. We just had a mite infestation that we took care of with DE, so I assumed she was just recovering from that. Then, she began losing a lot of weight and I noticed she was no longer free ranging throughout the day, but just sitting on a hay bale or in bushes all day. Then last week, I brought her inside because she was getting picked on by the other chickens. When I held her, I noticed just how small she has gotten and she was hardly walking very wobbly. I dusted her with some DE and fed her some in her food, (it's food grade DE) just in case it was a parasite. I have been doing that now for almost a week and she isn't improving. She can still hardly stand and is very wobbly. She is eating and drinking well though, and she seemed to be doing better until today. This morning, she started gaping her mouth when she breathes in and it sounds kind of like a quiet wheeze. I don't have the money to spend $200 to take her to the local vet, and I'm not sure what to do. What do you guys suggest? I heard Tylan 200 may be what I should use if its respiratory..
  2. Xiao Casa

    Xiao Casa Songster

    May 12, 2014
    South Texas
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry about your bird. Definitely follow the link that Xiao Casa left for you to our emergency section. I hope someone there can help you with your baby. [​IMG]
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  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I would really suggest that if your birds have a mite infestation you treat them with poultry dust or Sevin. DE will not solve an infestation. You also have to strip and treat the coop and both the coop and birds need to be re-treated every 7 to 10 days since these treatments don't kill mite eggs. If you don't retreat then very soon you are right back at square one. Mites can be hard to get rid of but if you treat everything a few times you should be able to get on top of it. I prefer Sevin spray for the coop since it's much easier to get it into all the little nooks and crannies where mites like to hide.

    Also consider deworming your birds if they have not been dewormed. And not with DE, use something effective like Valbazen or liquid Safeguard for goats. Standard size birds get 1/2 cc orally, repeat the dose in 10 days. Bantam size birds get 1/4 cc.

    I would start by eliminating those problems and see if your bird improves. Heavy loads of internal and/or external parasites certainly do have the ability to weaken a bird to the point of death.

    The slight wheeze you are hearing may be related to a respiratory problem or it could be related to parasites. Is she still eating/drinking well? Any discharge from the eyes or nose?
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
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  5. mirandadaviss

    mirandadaviss Hatching

    Nov 26, 2014

    Ok, thank you. And no, she doesn't have and discharge from eyes or nose, just diarrhea. And she is eating and drinking well on her own..
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It would really help if you could just have a stool check run at the vet, to know what kind of worms if any. I'm wondering if she has gape worms. She is already in a weakened state, worming her if she has none ' or treating for the wrong type of worms will just make it worse.
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your sick bird. [​IMG]
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your bird! Definitely post in the Emergencies section. She may have a respiratory disease.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your bird!
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen,hope she is OK.

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