1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Sick pullet, possibly Coccidiosis--Need advice fast!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BantamLover21, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    One of my 9-month old bantam pullets is ill. A few days ago, she started acting lethargic, but I assumed that was due to bullying by one of my other pullets. She started eating less, though, so I finally isolated her. Yesterday, she hardly ate anything, not even mealworms (her favorite). Apparently this has been going on for a while because she is much lighter than my other pullets. She is drinking a lot of water, despite her lack of appetite. Her droppings are watery and greenish in color; I assume that is because she isn't eating much.

    Her symptoms (lethargy, lack of appetite), along with the fact that I've been letting her outside more often (therefore she may have been exposed to more organisms) makes me think that she could have Coccicidois. So, I started her on 9.6% Corid liquid yesterday at a dosage of 1/2 teaspoon liquid per quart of water. I've put probiotics in her water, but no vitamins because those can interfere. Thus far, she hasn't really improved, but in my experience, it can take a few days for the Corid to have effect.

    What I would like to know is if other people think I'm doing the right thing. Is Coccidiosis the biggest possibility? She was wormed about 3 months ago with the Worminator; the dosage was one drop as the bottle's label instructs. She is fed layer feed, and has access to clean water all of the time. I've checked, and she is free from external parasites, too. Her crop isn't impacted or balloon like, she has no discharge from her nostrils, and no sores anywhere on her body that I can see. What could be wrong? I feel awful for not noticing her condition earlier. [​IMG]

    Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    28,932
    2,905
    471
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    To me it sounds like the right thing to do since you seem to have checked out all of the usual threats. Have you checked her for a stuck egg or looked at her vent?
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    No, I haven't checked her for a stuck egg. Her vent looks normal, and she isn't straining or walking stiffly. She stopped laying several weeks ago.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Anyone else? Please help!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,708
    11,422
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Check for a stuck egg by gently inserting a lubed, gloved finger in her vent.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,708
    11,422
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    You should also start thinking about tube feeding, IMO.

    -Kathy
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,708
    11,422
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Yes, I am certainly beginning to think of that. But I've managed to get her to eat 3-5 bites of feed every few hours so far, and have been giving her some food "soup" in a spoon. I'll continue to monitor her appetite, and may attempt tube feeding if necessary.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Do you really think a stuck egg would have caused her to become so lethargic/not interested in feed? She's been deteriorating for at least a week; I would think that a stuck egg would have killed her by now.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,708
    11,422
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    They can have a stuck egg for many weeks before they die. I did a necropsy on one and the stuck egg went bad, of course, and if grew into a huge 1 pound mass of pus.



    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by