worried about chickens with swollen comb & pasty bottom~help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by terri1nd, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. terri1nd

    terri1nd Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a couple of Partridge Chantecler hens now (I'd say definitely 2, if not 3 hens), not looking so good. Swollen combs & pasty bottoms. I see some swelling around the eye as well on the one I brought in the house to get photos of her & try to wash her bottom. I thought you might have an idea of what needs to be done. Not so sure I'm going to continue to keep the chickens if they require alot of $$ for medical on top of what it costs me now, since I don't have $$. I'm hoping & praying that I can get this under control, fairly easy.
    It has been extremely cold here in North Dakota & it has gotten as low as -4*F inside the coop at least one day, but I do not think it is frostbite (that would not account for the pasty bottom). The feet show no sign of mites.

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  2. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry I don't know, just bumping your post.
     
  3. terri1nd

    terri1nd Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave her a bath in the house. I put 1/4 c. borax laundry detergent booster in the warm sink of water along with some Martex iodine shampoo (antibacterial shampoo (has a horse on the front)), and added a small amt of that to shampoo her, then drained the sink & added fresh warm water after rinsing her, and then I shampooed her with cat flea shampoo (in case it was mites bothering her). Rinsed her well & dried her with the hair dryer (took pics of her, since this is the first time I've given a chicken a bath). I was looking for any signs of what is causing her problems & saw no sign of bugs. There was a small sore on her tail end on the side of her vent looked like she pecked herself trying to get the pasty stuff off her. I have blue kote I sprayed her with. She has a liquidy stool right now. I had her in a cage while I was trying to decide what to do & she had left a few stool samples & those were not liquidy. I am keeping her in the house until tomorrow at least, & I'm thinking of giving her a dusting of DE before I take her out to the coop.

    I know it is hard to tell her comb is swollen, (compared to other chicken breeds), but Chanteclers usually don't have much of a comb at all.

    I really don't know what I'm doing and can really use the advice of the more experienced here.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    what are their ages? and do you see any discharge from the nose or eyes? Chickens are very cold tolerant. Glad to hear you found no bugs. this could be a sinus infection but I really don't know, this will give you a bump and maybe someone else can give you some advise...[​IMG]
     
  5. terri1nd

    terri1nd Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:they are 39 weeks now. I've not seen any discharge, but I've not handled each one to get a real close look at each of them. I have a total of 24 birds & they all keep on the move, especially when I'm in the coop.

    Would the mites & any other bug, be easy enough to see with the naked eye?
     

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