what's wrong with my girls

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rescue, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. rescue

    rescue Hatching

    Oct 13, 2014
    She is lethargic, and is falling asleep standing up
    Not eating for the past two days or so.
    Not pooping much, if at all
    Feathers dull and fluffed up
    Can't seem to hold her head up
    Now second bird showing signs
    They r 5 months old
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Has anything changed lately in their environment or feed? Feathers ruffled up can mean cocci.
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    Start treating the entire flock by dosing the water with Amprolium (Corid). If they are 5 months and you have not used preventative treatments for building immunity to cocci, that is a common culprit. Corid 9.6% liquid is dosed at 2 tsp (10 ml) per gallon of water for 7 days. Corid 20% powder is dosed at 1.5 tsp per gallon of water for 7 days.

    The hen that is showing severe symptoms will need extra care and could be dehydrated due to not drinking and eating. Make a wet mash or take small pieces of bread soaked in buttermilk to get her eating. Mix up some poultry vitamin-electrolyte powder in water and get her to drink small amounts at a time with a syringe minus a needle. Keep her in a warm, secure area with good ventilation. If the bird can eat and drink on it's own, you can get things going by giving a couple drops of straight Corid 9.6% down her throat with a syringe, then treat the water for 7 days as I stated above. When feeding with a syringe, be careful not to aspirate the bird (get water into the air sacs). Stay to the birds right side of the throat since the glottis (entrance to the trachea) is in the middle of the back of the throat: http://www.extension.org/pages/65375/avian-respiratory-system#.VDyjZFcXOno
  4. rescue

    rescue Hatching

    Oct 13, 2014
    Thnxs for all the help !
    Gave girls electrolytes and dewormer and they hv seemed to turn around

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