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Sick Flea Market Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DangerChickenHouse, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know. Bad idea. But my heart could leave the chicken there. So, I brought her home.

    Doesn't appear to have mites.
    Poop looks fine.
    Coloring of comb is fine.

    However, she won't do anything but stand up, sleep, with head tucked in wing. She's obviously sick. Can I help her?
     
  2. will she eat? Any other symptoms?
     
  3. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't really eating. She scratched a bit this morning when free ranging. Didn't last long before she tucked her head under her wing again.
     
  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have you had her? How old is she? Have new birds been quarantined from your existing flock? Any signs of discharge from eyes/nostrils,have you checked for any crop issues? Have you looked her over for mites/lice? Any vent issues internal or external?
     
  5. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vent seems fine.
    There is moisture coming from her nostril.
    No mites or lice.
    Maybe 7 months old. Golden Comet.
     
  6. dawg53

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    You shouldve left the sick bird right where it was at and ran away from the flea market. You've risked infecting the rest of your flock with this sick bird. Most likely she has a respiratory disease and WILL spread it via airborne, your clothing, shoes, your hands, waterers, feeders....depending on what disease and incubation times it is. CULL.
     
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  7. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a respiratory issue,i personally have had no experience with respiratory issues so am hesitant to give dosage information. You could PM Eggcessive or Casportpony,both can give you correct dosage info.
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I have never treated a respiratory disease in my flock, but I keep Tylan50 in my first aid kit. Dosage is 1/2 to 1 cc/ml daily as a shot in the breast muscle for 3-5 days. Some say they give it orally, but you have to be careful not to choke the bird. An antibiotic in the drinking water such as Terramycin, Gallimycin, or Tylan Soluble Powder would also work. As Dawg53 said, culling to prevent disease spread in your flock would probably be wise, but if you chose to treat, this chicken may be a carrier that infects any chickens she is every around. Here is some reading--look particularly at mycoplasma G, infectious bronchitis, and coryza: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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  9. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonderful.

    The chicken is quarentined. Hopefully nothing has spread. It's only been in my yard for 24 hours. Once I saw it hiding its head, I quickly moved it away from the others. It didn't drunk or eat anything, but I took away the water and feeder and replaced them with spares from the shed.

    I left it in a separate part if the yard to free range when I was out running errands today. I just got home to find it acting like a normal chicken. Is it possible that the head hiding was a stress reaction?

    I can get a neighbor to cull it for me. Just want to make sure I'm not overreacting.
     
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  10. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    I dont think so, especially considering the running nose
     

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