Weak chicken, very underweight, tired, lethargic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Dreams, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Chicken Dreams

    Chicken Dreams Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I have a 8 month old silver laced wyandotte who can only stand for five minutes max without falling. she has always been smaller than my other

    girls, but i never worried. Now, she has been in the garage for ten days, eating layena with a little plain yogurt, flax seeds, and canned corn. she

    may be improving a little bit, but she is such a sad sight [​IMG] Her feathers are loose and her body is so scrawny. I can almost put both my hands

    all the way around her body (off by one inch). i doubt she weighs more than two pounds. when she stands it takes a lot of effort and her

    balance is terrible. could this be worms? and what should i do?

    thanks for helping [​IMG]
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    I think the first thing I would do would be to worm her, see if that helps and go from there.
    I would also boost the protein to try to get some weight back on her.
    Good luck with her!
     
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are in a cold climate and your garage is unheated, she needs to be moved somewhere comfortably warm as she does not have the strength to try to keep warm right now. Do give her 3 drops Polyvisol liquid children's vitamins daily to try to bolster her - administer via dropper gently dribbling along her beak line, so she swallows on her own and doesn't choke. Follow by offering great flavored foods that you know she likes as the taste of the liquid vitamin is not good. Also offer egg, black oil sunflower seed, baby parrot formula - to try to get some weight on her. Wormer will be an added stressor on her body so she needs every creature comfort to try to endure. Sounds like she's been sick for awhile - she may need expert avian vet diagnosis and treatment to get through this, if you are able.
    JJ
     
  4. Chicken Dreams

    Chicken Dreams Out Of The Brooder

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    YAY! I did a head to toe to vent search on the little

    bird and on her rear were tons of mites and lice!

    now i know for sure whats wrong! going to buy

    sevin dust and vitamins and hopefully she will

    be on the road to recovery.

    I can put her in the laundry room and

    feed her scrambled eggs with the vitamins.

    thanks so much [​IMG]
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad you found the reason. From the sounds of it the situation is extremely urgent.
    JJ
     

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