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Sick pullet--continuing flock issue, please help me figure this out.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LarryPQ, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    EE, 20.5 weeks, 5-7 pounds? Not yet laying.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3 days ago: sluggish & puffy feathers. This morning: droopy head and wings. Extremely lethargic. Eyes open, semi-alert. Does not appear to be eating or drinking.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No-feathers do NOT pull out.

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    6 weeks ago we had a sick pullet. Couldn't stand, no other syptoms other than dehydration. She ate and drank fine. I caged her for 2 weeks and treated the whole flock with Duramycin at BYCers "just in case" suggestions. The pullet recovered. Since then, 1 other pullet and 2 roos spent a day or two "puffy" like they were cold, but quickly perked up and recovered. All birds under 24 weeks, no mortality.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Not that I saw. Tried to hand feed her a scrambled egg, but she showed no interest. Her crop was empty this morning. After posting, I will get a syringe and give her some water.

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Don't know yet. Flock poop looks normal. Green and firm, with a little urea. Some had reddish parts to them, but further discection revealed red bell pepper skins.

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Caged seperately, tried to feed an egg. Will try to get some water in her. If I can get her to eat, I will get her more egg and yogurt.

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    ***sigh*** cant afford a vet. All other birds have perked up from minor lethargy, but this "droopy head" seems to be a new symptom.

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    No wound. Droopy head, but can stand and can raise her head. Feathers still glossy and "healthy" looking.

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Mostly pine chips on top of sand. I scraped the coop clean on Wednesday, so the bedding is fresh. There is some straw, but only a handful or two.

    ALSO-- I use DE in the coop, and it is so dry here, I don't suspect worms. All poos look pretty "clean", if there is such a thing.

    Please let me know what you think! I really appreciate the help.

  2. Tonopah Pati

    Tonopah Pati Rest in Peace 1938-2011

    Mar 24, 2009
    Tonopah, Arizona
    Sorry about you bird. I wish I had a cure for you. Some one must know what is up with that. I also watch my birds for any thing going on ever day. Good Luck:hugs
  3. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    I would seperate her, bring her in the house and treat her for Cocci with Corid. She may not have it, but I would treat her anyway.

    Most birds develop an immunity to cocci but some don't. If she starts to perk up in 3-5 days you are on the right track. Then I am not sure but you might want to treat the whole flock.

    Alot of people don't want to treat a bird without due cause, but I think this is not that type of situation. She seems to be in trouble.
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Cocci and corid....ok. I will go to the feed store now.

    I don't believe in over-medicating, but oy--this is old. I am tired of worrying because one chicken seems "less spry" than the others.

    Anyone else?
  5. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ

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