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Two Chicken Health Questions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Meighan, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Meighan

    Meighan In the Brooder

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    This is Long, I am Sorry. I just came out to visit my sister. Her girlfriend left 30+ animals here. Among them are 15 chickens and 1 duck. Anytime I have googled a question on the chickens, what to do or what do they like to eat, it brings me to this site, so I just signed up. I posted a question with pics of the one chicken on petcoach.com for a free advice thing from a vet. That's as far as I got. One chicken has a yellow eye the past 2 days. The vet online tonight said definitely needs antibiotics. The other chicken has had a black spot on top of her head on her comb - I guess they call it? I think it's been about a week. The online vet said that it could be fowl pox, from others pecking at it, or parasites. I haven't seen anyone pecking anyone. They are all very lovey with each other. When I got here the coop was not clean enough, I felt. So I just went through that and cleaned it all out brand new. They always have a fresh supply of water and food since I have been here. I can't speak for before I got here though. I did notice they seemed like a little itchy or something. Not a lot, just every so often one would try to get an itch on them. There is a bag of something called earth.. Like a gray dust that I was told to sprinkle any where they bed. So I have done that in the coop and in the yard anywhere they like to lay out. Just not in their food area. My issue is I have no way to get to a vet. I am in the middle of no where, no transportation and no money. I am doing my very best to care for all these 30+ babies that were left behind. I am an animal lover and it hurts my soul if any are not okay. With the online vet saying antibiotic for the one's eye. I figured it did need an antibiotic but I was kinda hoping they would tell me a name of one so I could try to order something online but they didn't say. I don't know the name of the best kind to get. I also don't know how to get it without seeing a vet. I can't afford a vet or even get them to one right now with no car. I worry if I try to order something online and it's not the right one or it's the right one but has added ingredients that might harm the baby. I have been trying to get in contact with a rescue farm a few miles a way but haven't heard back yet. I would like to find a way to fix these poor babies as soon as possible, the best way I can. I do understand a vet asap is best and the responsible thing to do. I do understand that if I can't care for them properly that a rescue should step in. I am in the process of trying to fix what this lady left behind for my sister to handle. I do love these babies and want to find ways to help heal them if I can. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Sorry so long, just wanted to get all the details out there. I'm new to this chicken life and they are so darn cute, I just wanna take care of them the best I can. I am going to attach the pics of the chicken with the eye issue. I didn't get a pic of the other one's comb spot yet. I will try and snap a pic tomorrow of that. I was told also to separate them from the rest until they are better and that is another worry because there is only one coop. I have no way to do that so I need to try to fix them asap without spreading whatever it is that is going on. I was told they are all under 2 yrs old but a chicken person in town said no that isn't true. That you can tell by something with their feet. Lost on that too. She's a smaller chicken but not a baby. I don't know her age though. She's just very calm and sweet and I feel like trash about this situation. I need help to fix it. If anyone has an idea, I could really use it. The first pic, that eye seems fine. The second pic is the eye that is bugging her. Today it looks a little more closed then this pic. I need to fix her as soon as I can.
     

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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

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    Just feed them and give them water to drink.... Many of these things the chickens will overcome on their own. I think you worry TOOOOO MUCH.
    WISHING YOU BEST.......................... :welcome
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

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    :welcome You'll get all the help you need here, will tag a few that should be able to help you with what the issues maybe/are, what to do & what to use. They will need pictures of the one with the spot on it's comb ...

    :bow @casportpony @azygous @dawg53 @Eggcessive @WVduckchick
    Thank you all in advance

    That "dust" you found I'm thinking is Diatomaceous Earth which some say deals with mites/lice & wormer, some say it's useless. I use it around the perimeter of my house, haven't had crawling bugs in my house :)

    The eye that's irritating that hen, looks to be an abscess ... One of the above member would be more helpful in that area.

    The black scab on the comb, I'm guessing probably Fowl Pox/dry which is "better" than the wet. OR it's been pecked or scratched.

    The itching, you may want to check the skin at their vent area, under their wings, looking to see if they have mites/lice. But then again, it could just be an itch. If they do have mites, you can get some Poultry Dust or at the feed store they sell Permethrin.

    Again :welcome Relax and enjoy the chickens.
     
  4. Kayla's Lunch

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    Too new to give any advice, but so glad that you are trying to help them. Don't worry or feel bad, you are doing the best you can with a problem someone else created.
     
  5. TeenageRooster's Dad

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    Agree with @ChickNanny13, eye looks like an abscess unfortunately.

    Try to get amoxycillin; fish tank department at any pet store, it's relatively cheap and kinda of a blanket assurance, break the capsule and add to their water
     
  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

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    Forgot to add, check with your feed store, see if you can get Terramycin, it's a antibiotic for the eye.
     
  7. Meighan

    Meighan In the Brooder

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    You're wonderful. Thank you so much. With the vent area. I have never touched a chicken before. They come right up to me, walk up over my shoes, etc. They're very comfortable with me and come running to me anytime I go outside and follow me every where. One wanted to eat out of my hand and it scared me to death til I took the chance. I tried it once and I didn't get hurt so I got a kick out of it. Now another one wants to eat out of your hand. So I have two that are wanting to be hand fed their treats and look at me funny if I put them down on the ground instead. If I go up and try to pet them, will they bite? Should I be afraid of those claws? They are so lovey so I'm sure it's fine. Worse case they might walk away from me quick, but I figured ask before I attempt to touch them. I would like to check the vent areas on them tomorrow if I can do it without them attacking me. I will definitely take pics tomorrow of the one with the black spot on her. As soon as I have the pics I will post them up on here so all can see. Diatomaceous Earth is what that earth stuff is. Thank you for knowing the name of it and Thank you for all the advice on this. I'm a city girl that's trying to learn country animals ;) I am going to clean out their coop again in the morning and go really hardcore again at it again in hopes of getting any germs out too. I know some will tell me relax and leave it be but I am a mom and can't leave it be if there is an animal or person in need of help in any way. I will over worry until I know those babies are perfect in every way they can be. I do appreciate you tagging others on this. I can use all the help I can get. Just want all of them perfect, how they deserve to be. Thank you again. I appreciate you more than I can even say.
     
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  8. Meighan

    Meighan In the Brooder

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    Very cool, ok I'll check with them in the morning and see what I can find. Thank you so much.
     
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  9. Meighan

    Meighan In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much. I will check into that also. I appreciate the advice very much.
     
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  10. Meighan

    Meighan In the Brooder

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    I appreciate you saying that. So thankful for this site and all of you that are looking out for the babies like this. Thank you very much for taking the time :)
     
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