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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:36 am 
Hi I am posting this for a friend
Yesterday
Dear Ron I took buffy into the vets at 4pm. I had a choice to euthanaise her or try a shot of baytril into the muscle. I chose the baytril but she is extremely sick. She is unresponsive eyes closed & cant walk. The vet said her temp was 42.7 which was to high for a chicken, he thinks it is something viral she has picked up although I am praying it is bacterial in nature for the Baytril to work. I am very upset and praying for a miracle.

today
Her condition is worsening as well as the swelling on her wattles comb and
side lobes. Note the tiny raised bumps(sort of rough feeling) on her comb. I
have looked at mozzie bites on chooks and to me it isn't that. I don't know.
I will lose her if I cant find some info on what she might have. Although
the vets are good with cats and dogs here they are hopeless with
birds/chickens. He has no idea as to what it might be. I'm not sure whether
to post on Byp. I have no idea how to fill in that questionnaire they ask
you to complete. I will see what you think first, if you may have an idea.
Many thanks Ron,
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:01 am 
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Hi Ron

As you can appreciate there is very little information go on. The major problem with fowls is that as prey animals they hide illnesses until they are very sick and many illnesses look the same. Yes its a sick bird, I can see that. The temperature is high normal and that will probably rule out a raging infection.

Birds do get medical conditions the same as us and any other animals. It it was a human or even an expensive race horse than we would run a battery of tests to hopefully find an illness cause. Its just not economically possible in most cases with a fowl. The cost could run to thousands and still be inconclusive.

The bird in the photo is quite pale - thats anemia for what ever cause. It could be a slow bleed internally, worms, or some condition where the red cells are not being replaced. She could have a tumour somewhere etc etc.

She is on baytril and if its an infective process that will help.

I wish I could be both more helpful and more positive but on the information given all we can say is that its a sick bird.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:37 pm 
Buffy passed away this morning at 10.45am she was in the arms of the little girl that loved her so much when she died.
Ron.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:10 pm 
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I am sorry Ron - truly

I do know and understand that we regard as part of the family. Its a hard loss.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:17 pm 
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Sad to hear that Ron. You gave it your best shot.

Al the best.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:59 pm 
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I'm really sorry to hear that, Ron. It's clear that she was very much loved and will be hugely missed.

Once a chook is that sick it is really hard to do anything effective. It's very traumatic and very sad for the human involved. :(

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Really sorry to hear that Ron. It is (in a very sad way) wonderful for a child to experience and appreciate the joy of having such pets and also (unfortunately) the reality of life that comes with it. I think it gives kids a real grounding to have these experiences young.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:45 pm 
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Thanks to my dear friend Ron, who posted this topic for me. Your support has been appreciated at this sad time. R.I.P Buffy xxx


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:39 pm 
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Aww, so sorry for your loss. Our silkie girl died on boxing day after a hard fight where she just wasted away. My 5 year old was with her. She was his baby and had been for 2 years. My boy helped dig her grave and laid her to rest, even the toughest of blokes would have cried. He still misses her but tells everyone that she is waiting for him on rainbow bridge. Its sooo bloody hard sometimes, and for anyone not into chickens, they just dont get it!
Sorry again :(


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Very sorry for Buffy...
Hope your little girl is feeling better now

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:39 pm 
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Hello Paula,

I just read the sad update on Buffy's passing, and am so sorry for your loss. So very sad to lose a beloved pet, and please be assured that we here on BYP do 'get it' about chickens as loved pets and family members. I was very touched to read that her little girl helped her cross the Rainbow Bridge. RIP dear Buffy - you will be missed. :upset:

Thinking of you,
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