weak chick - Scaley mites??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Matt A NC, May 4, 2008.

  1. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I was out watching Momma, buff orp hen, walk up through the yard with her 4 babies. 1 of her little ones was not keeping up and seemed weak. I caught it and checked. Very thin, empty crop, and went to sleep in my hand. I checked it over and found that most of the little scales on her feet are gone.

    I checked and Momma has a 1/2 inch area on the top her foot too that is all swollen, puffy, and scales are lifted like scaley leg mites.

    What I did for treatment:

    For Momma I smeared vet-Rx on her feet putting extra on the obvious place.

    For the little one I mixed vetRx and Ivermec. That was smeared all over her little legs. I used just VetRx on the other 3. Their feet looked fine and those 3 are hyper and acting normal.

    The weak one was not eating so I mixed a pinch of Poultry vitamins, a few drops of water, and a few drops of vegatable oil. This filled about 1" at the end of an eye dropper. I slowed dripped about half onto her beak and she slowly drank it. I am giving the rest later.

    Is there anything else I can/should do for her?

    Oh, they are 11 days old.

    Matt
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2008
  2. dlhunicorn

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    birds are very sensitive to aromatics... so I would avoid the vetRX on the chickies particularly the ill one... dipping their veet in mineral oil/vasiline will suffocate any scaley leg mite. Just not worth the risk IMHO of adding the VetRX (camphor)
    put some electrolytes in the sick chicks water and if you can I would add some baby parrot handfeeding formula to the feed (look at your pet store) to concentrate the nutrition. Make sure she is drinking sufficiently to avoid dehydration which will kill your bird quicker than the original ailment.
    Have you used medicated starter for these chicks?
     
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  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    I didn't think about the aroumatic effects, I just wanted to remove the problem. Thanks.

    Have you used medicated starter for these chicks?

    All chicks here stay on medicated starter till they hit 8 weeks old, then I start mixing with adult food. I do this as a way to ween and let their immune systems adapt slowly.

    Matt​
     

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