Silkie with rickets, advice desperately needed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alfred's Mama, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Alfred's Mama

    Alfred's Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been on here alot over the last week, my 4 month old male silkie was diagnosed with an absorption problem, because of it despite my best efforts at giving him the best diet I can he's developed rickets through vitamin deficiency. He's my only chicken and I love him very, very much, I've taken him to a specialist twice in the last fortnight and he's on Metacam, Avipro Plus, Zolcal-D, Baytril 10% for his sneezing, when his legs look a bit swollen or when he keeps crossing them as he sits I put him in a suspension chair I made him, it seems to help control the swelling and his balance but not for very long, he waddles and wobbles around for a few seconds then sits on them again, his vet told me not to use the chair too much, but does anyone on here have any experience with rickets and know how long I should use it for? The vet gav him 4 months to walk enough for him to have a good life and be comfortable, otherwise he has to be euthanised. I know his legs will never be completely straight, but the vet said they could improve, I was too upset to ask if he meant the bones themselves but could anybody advise me on this? I really need to hear from anyone who has experience with rickets.

    Also related to his infection, his droppings have been very loose, sometimes it seems firmer but it changes throughout the day, earlier it was almost normal looking but then tonight it was very runny. I know it's because he's not well but I was wondering why there is often so much white in it? - Also I noticed this morning under one eye, the tiniest smear of dried 'crust', at first I thought it was dry skin but it looks like his eye had been watering slightly and dried, they both look nice and clear now and I didn't notice any wateryness, could it be a one off or could he have been misdiagnosed? If it's something else will his Baytril treat it or does he need an entirely different kind of medicine? I really can't afford a third visit to the vets yet and I feel very lost in all of this, I'd do anything to have him back up and walking again.
     
  2. Alfred's Mama

    Alfred's Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    I almost forgot, sometimes when he has a drink I can hear what sounds like bubbles, almost like he's forcing it down or has trapped air, what is this and is it normal? Could it be because he's usually sitting to eat and drink?

    His diet went from chick pellets at birth to complete grain with occasional vegetables, now that he's sick I have him on crumble/chick crumbs for the extra nutrients, he also absolutely loves mealworms.
     

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