This is Hello from a new member and also a cry for help.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by amberwood, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. amberwood

    amberwood Hatching

    Aug 3, 2013
    Hey Everybody,
    I’m Carol from Baker County, Georgia (South Georgia). I hope someone with BackYard Chickens can help my little hen. I had been a member of Happy Hen House but they recently shut down.
    I have a sanctuary for wild burros and abused/homeless donkeys. But I love all animals so also give a home to other species: 2 chickens, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs, 1 cat, and a pig.
    I have had chickens all of my life and have had many different breeds: Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, White Leghorns, New Hampshire Reds, Black Sex Links, Dominiques, Bantams, but no fancy breeds. For several years now, I have had Old English Bantams because they are so friendly and get along well with the rabbits.
    I don’t know whether this information is needed in order to help Dorise, my little sick hen, but I will give you her background in case it will help. I got Dorise in June 2012 as a chick. Within a few days, she had respiratory problems. I’m sure she came with them. My vet, who says she really knows nothing about birds or chickens, prescribed Tylan as her best suggestion. The Tylan cured the respiratory problem; but after a short period, Brewster, the little rooster, came down with the same symptoms. I gave Tylan to both of them and they got over the respiratory illness.
    Dorise began laying on August 14, 2012, and I don’t believe I have ever had a hen who has laid as many eggs. She laid all through the winter. It has always been my understanding that Old English are very poor layers, and this has been true for all the little hens I’ve had. But not this little girl. I began to feel sorry for her and wish she would stop, especially when she began having her current problem in May, trouble with her feet. She first began limping. When I looked at her feet, they looked awful, like some I saw on your website under foot fungus. I took her to the same vet, and again she said she knew nothing about chickens. After I told her she knew more than I, she prescribed Chlorhexidine. She had me dilute it one part to ten of water and soak her feet once a day for 10 days. Her feet got a lot better but not completely well.
    After she began not eating so well and did finally stop laying, I found another vet who was supposed to know about chickens. He said she probably had several things wrong with her; he didn’t know exactly what. He said he would try a general solution: He dewormed her, gave her a multi-vitamin injection, and had me give her Baytril injections for five days. He said I should soak her feet in diluted Betadine, which I’m still doing. There was absolutely no improvement at all, and that cost me $125 for the five-minute visit.
    The poor little thing is hanging in there. She wants to stay in her nest all of the time. She does eat a little by my putting a bowl of food in her nest with her. When I sit her on the ground, she does a strange thing with all of her feathers. She kind of fluffs them all forward, including her tail feathers and her wings.
    I particularly paid attention to your information on leg mites. I looked at her legs and feet with a magnifying glass but saw nothing moving around. Or, are they too small to see even with the magnifying glass? If she had the mites, wouldn’t the Chlorhexidine and Betadine kill them? And another assumption, if she had mites, wouldn’t the rooster have them too? His feet and legs, and all of him, look great.
    I’m sorry this has turned into a book. I can’t take a picture by myself, but when my helper comes to work, I’ll get one.
    Please, if you can tell me anything to help her, it would be wonderful.
    This seems like a very friendly, helpful forum, and I hope I can help someone else in the future.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]please post in detail about Dorise on "Emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures." thread - more experienced people monitor that thread and hopefully will have some good advice for you.
  3. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Welcome to BYC.

    I read through your post and a picture is going to help the most. Your hen may have bumble foot.

    and she also sounds broody, staying on the nest all the time, she'd like to hatch chicks, you said she was an old english bantam, they are VERY broody.

    It would be a good idea to invest in a digital camera with an sd card. You can get the camera for about $30 at a pawn shop, sd cards (keep the pictures when you take a picture) are placed in the sd slot on your computer where you can upload pictures, these cost >$5.

    I have go right now but I'll type more when I'm back
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, amberwood, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Hope your bird is okay! Good luck to you!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
  6. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    About the mites, if the scales are raised on the legs put petroleum jelly on the legs. If the one or more of the chickens have body mites, dust ALL of them (with poultry dust/spray) and clean your coop and run out. Scrub the roosts and add poultry dust them and in the corners of your coop add a fresh layer of bedding. Dust them again a few weeks later and all should be well.
  7. amberwood

    amberwood Hatching

    Aug 3, 2013
    Thanks for the quick replies and the welcomes.
    I've had experience with bumblefoot. I know it's not that. Her feet look like the pictures some have posted under "Foot Fungus." But shouldn't either or both the Chlorhexidine and Betadine have cured that?
    Again, regarding the leg mites, would I be able to see them with a magnifying glass? And, wouldn't the Chlorhexidine or Betadine kill them? And, if Dorise has them, wouldn't my only other chicken, Brewster, the little rooster, also have them?
    I do have a digital camera. I just can't take the pictures by myself. I have to have someone either hold her feet in position or take the pictures.
    I will post on "Emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures."
    Thanks for your help.

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