Sick polish chicken

Dchintella

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
13
1
26
I need some advice, I have a Polish who has always seemed to struggle a bit throughout her life. Starting yesterday she wasn’t walking around much. She would come out of her coop but just stand in the middle of the yard. This morning my husband found her at the bottom of the coop just laying there. She appears to be breathing fine but is definitely weak and wobbly. I noticed yesterday that her stools were mostly runny. She also has two marks on her forehead I assumed were from being pecked but not totally sure either. We cleaned the site today with hydrogen peroxide and applied neosporin. She doesn’t seem to be bullied or that food is being withheld from her. These videos/pictures don’t say much but any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance

Update: sorry for the gross photo but this is one of her poops. The things that look like roundworms are from a nesting pas fyi!
E476E360-B857-4BAE-9404-DE00D107295D.jpeg
FDD6C667-3BD8-4E10-819C-0CD3908AF2BC.jpeg
AE35306A-427C-4F10-AF14-D64F151CDFEA.jpeg
 

Attachments

  • 89D2DDDB-0703-4D80-A87D-A6EA1C615C7A.jpeg
    89D2DDDB-0703-4D80-A87D-A6EA1C615C7A.jpeg
    746.6 KB · Views: 0

Wyorp Rock

🐓 ❤ 🐛
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Sep 20, 2015
40,705
58,904
1,362
Southern N.C. Mountains
In the photo her crop looks quite large. Can you check that first thing in the morning before she's had anything to eat/drink to make sure it emptied.
If it didn't empty, then tell us what it feels like. Hard, soft, fluid or air filled, etc.

Does she lay eggs at all? If so, when was the last egg? I would feel her abdomen for bloat or swelling between the legs below the vent.

Have you ever de-wormed her? If so, when and what did you use?

I would work on hydration first, then once she's drinking, offer a little wet feed.
For the comb injury, peroxide was fine for the initial cleaning, here on out I would use something like diluted betadine or chlorhexidine for cleaning it or a little warm soapy water. The neosporin is fine to apply.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/
 

Dchintella

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
13
1
26
In the photo her crop looks quite large. Can you check that first thing in the morning before she's had anything to eat/drink to make sure it emptied.
If it didn't empty, then tell us what it feels like. Hard, soft, fluid or air filled, etc.

Does she lay eggs at all? If so, when was the last egg? I would feel her abdomen for bloat or swelling between the legs below the vent.

Have you ever de-wormed her? If so, when and what did you use?

I would work on hydration first, then once she's drinking, offer a little wet feed.
For the comb injury, peroxide was fine for the initial cleaning, here on out I would use something like diluted betadine or chlorhexidine for cleaning it or a little warm soapy water. The neosporin is fine to apply.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/
In the photo her crop looks quite large. Can you check that first thing in the morning before she's had anything to eat/drink to make sure it emptied.
If it didn't empty, then tell us what it feels like. Hard, soft, fluid or air filled, etc.

Does she lay eggs at all? If so, when was the last egg? I would feel her abdomen for bloat or swelling between the legs below the vent.

Have you ever de-wormed her? If so, when and what did you use?

I would work on hydration first, then once she's drinking, offer a little wet feed.
For the comb injury, peroxide was fine for the initial cleaning, here on out I would use something like diluted betadine or chlorhexidine for cleaning it or a little warm soapy water. The neosporin is fine to apply.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/
Thank you for responding! I thought that was her breast bone because she kinda always looks like that but I will check first thing in the morning. She doesn’t lay yet but should soon as she was born in the middle of May. I used ivermectin about 6 weeks ago for mites which I thought also can be used as a dewormer but I’m new to this so I may be mixing that up with another medication.
 

Dchintella

In the Brooder
Mar 20, 2020
13
1
26
Update: crop is soft and appears normal but I’m not an expert by any means. Poop this morning smelled rancid, pasty, stuck to feathers, and a decent amount of undigested food. She’s seems like she’s skin and bones :(
 

Wyorp Rock

🐓 ❤ 🐛
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Sep 20, 2015
40,705
58,904
1,362
Southern N.C. Mountains
Thank you for responding! I thought that was her breast bone because she kinda always looks like that but I will check first thing in the morning. She doesn’t lay yet but should soon as she was born in the middle of May. I used ivermectin about 6 weeks ago for mites which I thought also can be used as a dewormer but I’m new to this so I may be mixing that up with another medication.
Update: crop is soft and appears normal but I’m not an expert by any means. Poop this morning smelled rancid, pasty, stuck to feathers, and a decent amount of undigested food. She’s seems like she’s skin and bones :(
Was her crop soft and still had something in it this morning before she had anything to eat/drink?
If you can get some photos of her poop that may be helpful as well.

I would still work on getting her hydrated, then offer a wet mash made of her feed. Bits of scrambled egg may be enticing as well.

I would consider treating for crop issues as discussed in the link previously posted along with treating for Coccidiosis and de-worming her too.
Ivermectin is still very good for treating lice/mites, but seems to have lost some effectiveness in treatment of worms. It may still treat roundworms if the dose is correct. If you want to see if de-worming may be of benefit to her, then I would use Safeguard or Valbazen.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom