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Sick, sick pullet..maybe YOU can help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by allaboutdemchicks, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    I have about a sixteen/seventeen week old pullet, a Buff Orpington and I've been watching her go down hill for days. I saw her about 4 or 5 days ago not having anything to do with the others. She just stayed puffed up like they do when they don't feel well. And she didn't come running for her treats. That night she did go into the coop and roost with the others but the next morning she didn't want to fly down to join everyone with the morning feeding frenzy. I placed her down with everyone and she just ran away from everyone. She did feel lighter than everyone else. You can tell she is losing weight. That evening she would not come into the coop with everyone. Just stayed under it. She got chased away from the feed and water that next morning (Sunday) and was a little stumbly on her feet, so I thought maybe she is just being picked on really bad and with a cold front moving through I brought her inside.

    Since Sunday when I brought her in she hasn't eatten a bite!! She will not stand, drink, and appears to be loosing alot of feathers and has diarrea. I wrapped her in a towel to try to force some liquids in her but she will not take the fluids. Instead she is forcing her tonge out from her beak and allows the water to drain down the side of her mouth. I also dipped her beak down into the water just to see if she would take it on her own. No, didn't work either.

    She got wormed with Wazine 17 about 3 weeks ago (along with everyone else). Right now I am feeding starter and beginning to introduce laying pellets cause the rooster started crowing. Feet look fine, didn't see any mites or lice but lightly dusted with Seven dust just for precausions.

    No breathing problems, no paralysis. The only one chicken having problems....hmmm.....

    Sum it up, won't eat, drink, stand. Weight loss, diarrea and seems to be losing alot of feathers.

    Any suggestions??? I'm not one that is above culling!! But I do try to do everything I can before I do THE DEED. I've tried to come up with something...maybe someone else knows something that I don't. Help. [​IMG]
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    First you are going to have to get some water/nutrition in her.

    Here are a couple of homemade recipes - both should be given @ room temp to avoid any more stress. Do you have an eye dropper so you can dip her head back and semi-gavage her?

    These recipes are from dlhuniorn not me (wanting to give credit where credit is due)
    here is a recipe for a homemade Ringers solution from a rehabber (you do need salt substitute though):

    1 1/4 teasoon sodium chloride (NaCl, common salt)

    1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

    rounded 1/2 teaspoon potassium chloride (commonly called "Muriate of Potash" >>>Salt substitutes contain mostly potassium chloride)

    2 tablespoons glucose (a common source is corn syrup)

    add above to 1/2 gallon water


    If you do not have that then you can make your own emergency electrolyte solution:
    (emergency electrolyte solution WHO):
    1 cup of water
    2 tsp. sugar
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    (make fresh daily)

    I would also really try to get some egg yolk in her try offering her some cooked if not you may want to try it raw with the semi-gavage method.

    Good Luck!​
  3. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Yes! she is dehydrated....I got her to take a few drips of water. I will try the solution and see if she takes it better than plain water. Poor girl.

    Thank you!!!!!

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