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Sick Silkie...no clue..updated VIDEO!! PIC!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dbaas, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Dbaas

    Dbaas Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I haven't posted in a while...

    My silkie is sick. I put her out yesterday morning after a couple days of rain, went back out to get her an hour or so later and she was limp and lazy. I thought she was full, from worms and grass. Noticed later she wasn't standing. Got up this morning and she had laid an egg (and eaten the shell apparently) and she was still not standing. Put her on the floor and she couldn't support herself, could only scoot backward.

    Any ideas? She eats from my hand, may be drinking as her bowl which i sat beside her earlier, was empty.

    Worried [​IMG] Thanks in advance for any tips.

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  2. Dbaas

    Dbaas Out Of The Brooder

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  3. Dbaas

    Dbaas Out Of The Brooder

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    *bump*...someone please take a look. I've googled but found nothing except Mareks disease but shes over a year, doesn't that only affect young pullets?
     
  4. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A guess would be that she was egg bound. Then the egg broke inside of her. If that's the case, It's not good. I've never heard of anyone actually doing it, but if I had a bird that was egg bound I would give it a warm vegetable oil enema. Check her vent to see if that egg came out with out a shell. If that's the case your probably gonna lose her if you don't do something.....Good Luck, Chris
     
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    See your video here:
    http://s974.photobucket.com/albums/ae222/DBAAS/Mobile Uploads/?action
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    Like yours, our silkie could not control its neck, kept head down, and scooted (not walked) backwards.
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    Flash a flashlight into her eyes to see if they're bouncing from side to side. If they are, she has an ear infection.
    Here's what I posted on a silkie question earlier that had what yours might have.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=404783
    Your
    silkie, like ours, has an ear infection.
    The vet diagnosed this by the fact that when she shined a light into the silkie's eyes they wiggled back and forth, and that made her/him (it) (?) disorganized/dizzy (ETA and a lot of scooting backwards).
    Get ready for a ten days job. Our silkie had not eaten for two or three days because we were waiting to see if it would get better.
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    Feed five times a day (force down throat if necessary)
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    Have ready:
    400 IU Vitamin E capsules from pharmacy ( squeeze these over their feed once per day). Anne put it on the mealworms.
    Orange Gatorade from grocery
    Give the vitamin E and Gatorade until it starts eating on her own
    ...
    MEDICINE:
    SMZ (Bactrin) 2 times a day _ .12 ml with a syringe
    ***
    We started off having to force feed it five times per day (beginning with lots of mealworms, then pellets) and giving water from a cup (dipping its beak into the water)
    ***
    GOOD LUCK!
    BTW As of yesterday, the silkie is as good as new.
     
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  6. Dbaas

    Dbaas Out Of The Brooder

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    her eyes are ok. how would i know if the shell is still inside? her crop is big, off center...she has a smell and last night her digestive sounds were loud and crazy. I gave her a warm sits bath today, and now she stinks SUPER stinks.

    this is heartbreaking. how long do i allow it to continue? will she die on her own? shes still eating, drinking if i put her beak in it. I go between her crop being clogged and the eggbound thing....should i try the veg oil eyedropper in her mouth and veg oil enema? am i doing too much maybe i should leave her alone???

    we only have the two birds, laverne and shirley. i'm allowing shirley to sleep in her cage near laverne but they are not in the cage together. i'm hoping this is nothing laverne can catch.

    thank you for all the ideas and help...please keep em coming.

    amber
     
  7. Dbaas

    Dbaas Out Of The Brooder

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    new pic..she laid a paper thin egg???? but shes still stumbling about....

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