Silkie is sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by water2214, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. water2214

    water2214 Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkie is sick and she won't open her eyes and eat or drink by herself! She's inside the house away fom the other chickens and she's nice and warm. What can I do to help her?
     
  2. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have any other symptoms? sneezing, nasal discharge, weight loss or anything????
     
  3. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    Here is the helpful copy and paste guide. Fill it in the best you can and I am sure someone will be able to help [​IMG]

    Give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) 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?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Best Wishes!!!
     
  4. water2214

    water2214 Out Of The Brooder

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight: she is a 9 month old silkie, and her weight hasn't changed, that I have noticed.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. She won't eat or drink by herself, she seems sleepy and won't open her eyes
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I don't know, but I know for certains she was fine 3 days ago
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. None at all.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I forgot to give the chickens more food 3 days ago
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. She will eat the food that she usually eats if I feed it to her, and I have given her water.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. It looks a little runny
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Taken her inside, safe and warm, and given her food and water that she can easily reach
    10 ) 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? I am hoping to do most of it myself, but if seriously needed, I will go to a vet, she doesn't seem way too sick.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. I'm not certain that a photo can show you that much becuase she looks alright on the outside, but she's either standing or lying down.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. We use straw for the bedding, and she in a box filled with straw right now.
    If anything more, please tell me, because I just lost my only other silkie supposedly from a racoon and I really don't want to lose her as well.
    Thanks for anything!
     
  5. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nine months old.. does the flock free range at all? Have you ever wormed? If they are outside and can eat a bug, they can have worms.

    How many in the flock? Are they all the same age?

    You can search here.. on BYC for "worming"... "worming with Valbazen".. "giving oral medications"... etc.. posts by dawg53 and CMV are excellent on all topics, including worming.

    Worms can cause a variety of symptoms... things that make you think they are ill. Also, have you checked her vent and "armpits" for mites? The others?
    (Sevin Dust for mites... or "Garden and Poultry Dust".... all these including Valbazen -- syringes, etc... should be available at your local Feed Store.)

    Best of luck.
     

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