Willow is sick -- update: RIP Willow

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by annaraven, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    UPDATE: Willow passed in the night. I'm sending her to UC Davis for a necropsy.


    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    Light Brown Leghorn, 1 1/2, 3 1/2 pounds
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    Lethargy, darkened floppy comb, walking like she's "pregnant", poopy vent.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    Started looking "off" yesterday. But she was on the roost with the others last night. She walked (instead of running like the others) to get some mealie worms as a treat today - that's how I knew something was wrong.

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    No.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    No idea.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    water, grower crumbles (we have youngsters, so they're all on grower crumbles), oyster shell, they got kale from the garden and yogurt as treats yesterday. Mealie worms treat today.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Normalish. Not bloody.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    Took her to the vet. The vet gave her subcutaneous water and x-rayed her for eggbound. Says it's probably a virus or bacteria. Gave us Baytril (antibiotic) and Metacam (pain reliever cuz Willow seemed to be "straining")

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Just wondering if any folks here have any other suggestions as to what to watch for.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    NA

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Wood chips in the coop and run. They freerange during the day.

    I have her quarantined now. I hope it's nothing communicable. The other guess from the vet was possibly an internally laid un-shelled egg giving her peritonitis.

    Willow was one of my first two girls. Never the friendliest of birds, but beautiful and laid well.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Sounds like you are doing all the right things. I can't be sure what it is, but you are doing all the right things.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Soak her in warm water for 30 minutes, and/or probe her with oil and a finger. Sounds to me like an egg is stuck, esp with her walking funny.
     
  4. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Quote:The vet already did that, and even x-rayed her. No egg.
     
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for the loss of Willow.
     
  6. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Sorry for your loss of Willow...
     
  7. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    So sorry you lost your Willow. I lost my 2-1/2 year old Zsa Zsa (EE) last Thurs night. Seems like it was similar to yours...a good layer, very quick downturn, probably an internal unshelled egg or obstruction in the oviduct. [​IMG]
     
  8. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Quote:Thanks for the reassurance. It helps.

    I just gave the girls treats and it felt like somebody was missing. Then I realized why. At least I did what I could.
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    So sorry to hear about your loss. [​IMG]
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry about Willow. It's a good thing you are sending her out for a necropsy. Please share the results. [​IMG]
     

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