Weasing Chicken - [UPDATE]

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Golden_Gwennie, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Golden_Gwennie

    Golden_Gwennie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hopefully you guys can help me. I'm not really a chicken professional.

    I saw the girls before I left for school - they were all fine. My mother takes Monday's off and so she was able to let them out. She noticed every other chicken was fine, except one. I have one girl who seems to be weasing and having a hard time breathing. She just ate a little muffin and drank a little water when I fed her, and that is all she has had today (As far as I know).

    We have a vet appt. for 6:00, and I was kinda hoping you guys might have some ideas on how I could make her comfortable until then.

    Thanks

    P.S. She's a Golden Comet - two years old weighing probably 2 pounds.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Difficulty breathing and weazing makes two things pop to mind:

    1) Gapeworm

    2) Respiratory infeciton (bacterial or potentially viral)

    Either way, nothing that you can really do to make her more 'comfortable' and the vet will be able to diagnose either very quickly.

    Remember that animals have much higher thresholds for pain than humans do. She may not be suffering as badly as you think. Either way, simply going to a vet is more than any chicken could hope for and is lucky to have you as a family.
     
  3. Golden_Gwennie

    Golden_Gwennie Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I just got home. They're gonna keep her overnight.

    The doctor said it is either a microbe or Pneumonia. They put her in an oxygen cage and are going to start her on antibiotics. Personally, I know and hope she'll pull through and be fine.

    I'm sensitive about them because they are pets to me.

    I love my girls!
     
  4. ChickadeeLover

    ChickadeeLover Out Of The Brooder

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    I am sorry about your hen good luck!
     
  5. Golden_Gwennie

    Golden_Gwennie Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I called the vet this afternoon when I didn't have class. The doctor said that she had called my mother and there was no improvement in her condition. they kept her on oxygen all night and tried antibiotics, but that didn't work; she was still the same. My mother gave the go-ahead to put her down. I've collected her and will have an autopsy at the University of Connecticut performed to make sure none of the other girls are at risk.
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Hopefully they find something in the necropsy which will help save other birds. I'm sorry to hear that, though.
     

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