Wyandotte sick: Color-less comb, yellow discharge, throbbing cloaca

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nadia, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Nadia

    Nadia Hatching

    Jan 18, 2010
    Help please! Egg bound or other illness?

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Silver laced wyandotte, 8 months

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    lethargic, color-less comb, yellow discharge, throbbing cloaca
    laid an egg today, but hadn't laid in 3-4 days. Used to lay almost daily.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    2 days, worse today

    4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Maybe egg bound? Also, could be introduced disease. Just introduced 2 new hens. Quarantined them on antibiotics for 2 weeks first. Other 3 hens seem healthy.

    6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Unsure. May not be.

    7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Runny poop with yellow-ish discharge

    8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Put her along in the hen house. Hoping she will lay another egg. Considering a warm bath.

    9 ) 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?
    Willing to do either. Planning to treat at home first.

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

    11) Describe the housing/bedding in use.
    Covered 8 by 4 run with 2 by 4 hen house. Free ranged in backyard during the day. Run has straw bedding. House has pine shavings.

    Any input would be appreciated! Thank you.

  2. Nadia

    Nadia Hatching

    Jan 18, 2010
    Update: I web surfed until I determined she was either egg bound or had coccidiosis. I gave her a warm bath. During the bath, she slept and then she had a seizure and died. I called our local feed n seed store and they said it was likely coccidiosis. I should have given her the treatment as soon as I saw the yellow discharge and lithargy. They said it could have also been being egg bound also, but the discolored comb & waddle, lithargy and diarrea/yellow discharge made it more likely coccidiosis.

    Lesson learned, always know the symptoms of the main problems. Keep an eye on them and treat ASAP. Which means, have the treatment on hand.

    Rest in peace beautiful and talkative "Bop". I am happy to have given you free range for your short life. Thanks for all the smiles and eggs.

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