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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:53 am 
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Location: Newcastle, NSW
Age:10-12 months
Breed: Dark barred Plymouth Rock
Sex: Female

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: NSW, transported from Vic one month ago

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: She has been listless for 4-5 days, comb is pale, tail is down. She has been eating/drinking but in gradual decline. Not eating this morning, just standing around.

What are you feeding? - Please list everything you're feeding to your birds, including type of basic feed, free ranging, scraps, extras, etc. If possible give approximate percentages.
ANSWER: Moistened layer mash in the morning (she likely has around 1/2 cup), free access to Red Hen 17 and scratch mix of Red Hen Layer (blue bag). Free access to fallen mulberries which are likely impacted with fruit fly/wormy things. She has definitely been eating these. Lettuce scraps. Yesterday I fed her the high protein chicken tonic, which she ate.


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Droppings have been consistently runny for 5-6 days. Today they are green for the first time (see images). Quite smelly. Droppings were firm and looked normal when she first arrived here.

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: No

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: Not eating today but otherwise has been eating/drinking as usual.

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: Comb has become increasingly pale. Tail has become increasingly droopy. She's been blinking a lot.

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Not socialising at all today but otherwise has been hanging with the flock.

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: Low energy.

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER: None. Will check with the breeder whether worming was happening previously.

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: Unsure.

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER: Will check with breeder.

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: Will check.

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: No.

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: She came to us 3 weeks ago with another bird from the same breeder. She has been established as bottom of the pecking order, equal with her mate. Her diet is different to what she was having with the breeder but is the same type, ie, layer mash in the morning and a grain mix.

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[i][color=green][b]check butt for any swelling, discharge or bad smells


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:44 am 
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UPDATE: I have separated her and fed a small amount of plain yoghurt and olive oil, which she ate. I felt around (I think) her crop but am not sure whether I'm in the right place. Anyway, I massaged her general front area for a while under her feathers. She is now separated from the flock with crumble, water and a small amount of cat food. She isn't eating and her beak is now open some of the time.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:50 pm 
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Green droppings probably means she’s not digesting her food, or there is an organ problem. Another possibility is that she’s got an intestinal bacterial infection (which leads to very smelly poo). If it’s the latter then vet prescribed antibiotics would be required. Other than exploring that possibility with a vet I’m very sorry to say that there is probably not very much that you can do for her. All you can do is keep her comfortable and have water etc available in case she wants it.

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