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Welsummer with liver disease? HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BikerBabeRules, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    This boy is 10 months old. He came to me last October and has never had a decent poop. He has never crowed nor mated. The 2 hens he came with are thriving. He tested negative for parasites at the vets. I'm currently giving him B shots every other day. He has had Ivomec, Valbazen and vitamins and minerals in his water. He's in the house with me and a few young chicks are keeping him company. The vet thinks he has some sort of liver disease, yet his feathers are full. He can't keep weight on and is a bag of bones. He eats and drinks. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be wrong with him?
    Thanks, Kathy



  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I don't know if you're willing to go this far, but you could have the vet run a Chemistry panel on him to check his liver enzymes. [​IMG]
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Poor guy! I hope he gets better!

    HIs wattles dont look good either, looks yellowish.....anemic looking!
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Have you tried nothing at all? I mean no shots no vitamins none of that and see what he does. Sometime to much of a good thing is bad. Just food for thought.
  5. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    Hi Kathy,

    I can't say for sure but he may have Fowl Pox. I seem to recall seeing some pictures on the internet somewhere recently that looked like your rooster's comb in the pic.

    Try Googling for poultry diseases and see what you come up with. Also, if you are going to be keeping poultry for the long-term, I highly recommend getting a copy of "The Chicken Health Handbook".

    Lastly, I had a Welsummer cockerel die from Lymphoid Leucosis (LL). As I recall he had no outward visible signs. One day he just started being real larthegic and over the next couple of days he just stayed hunched over in the coop. Brought him inside and tried Rooster Booster, antibiotics, and such but he died nonetheless. It was during the necropsy that I found he had a liver 5" long and 3.5" wide. LL is transferred from the mother to the chick. No cure.

    Hope that helps.

    God Bless,
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    You could try some Red Cell (horses) or Jeffers has Poultry Cell. It is packed with a lot of vitamins etc. that he could need. So Sorry he is ill
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    If the bird is eating sufficently yet not gaining weight and "going light" despite eating sufficently then it might be due to mycobacteriosis (avian TB > notorius also for "going light")
    or it might be due to malabsorption from a reo virus (symptoms can widely vary in intensity)

    ... just to name a couple of possibilites... Several things could affect his liver.
    Milk Thistle is known to be helpful for liver dysfunction (your vet should have access to this)

  8. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    Thanks everyone, I'm gonna keep praying.

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