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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:18 pm 

Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:39 am
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Age: 10 weeks
Breed: Australorp
Sex: F

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Sunbury Vic

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? – Pullet struggles to hold her head up, and quite wonky when walking. Her head droops and curves onto the ground 50% of the time. If she is nervous she shuffles backwards, her head tucks in, and she somersaults.

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: Barastoc grower crumble, access to compost heap

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Noticed a wormy poo 2 weeks ago.

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: Strange cheeping, not normal.

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: eating and drinking well

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: Normal

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Normal

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: Unsteady on feet.

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?

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: 10/3

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: Aristopet poultry wormer, in drinking water

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: 7 days later

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: Vetafarm multivet vitamins in water

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: only purchased 4 weeks ago.

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:37 pm 
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Hi sharyn and thanks for the check list. It really helps if we have some background.
There are several clues to some possible conditions. The symptoms you have described typically occur in Silkies after a head injury or are the result of malnutrition. The Barastoc Grower is ideal for her age.
It is unusual to see worms in the poo of such a young bird - this raises questions about the husbandry from her previous home and what sort of start she had. You have done the right thing by worming her. Keep an eye on her poo. If she has Tapeworm she will need a different wormer.
The vitamins are the next thing that we would suggest - you are already doing that.
I would keep her out of the compost - it can be a source of moulds and toxins.
Isolate her and treat her with Amprollium or Baycox as Coccidiosis is a possibility. Other signs are ruffled feathers and general lethargy. Don't give vitamins while you are using a coccidiostat. The medicated feed that you are using helps to develop a resistance to Coccidiosis but it won't treat a heavy challenge. Coccidia breed in damp soil.
Another possibility is Mareks - she is at a susceptible age. Unfortunately there is no cure for this...

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:13 am 

Joined: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:39 am
Posts: 4
Thanks Sue55,

I appreciate your feedback. I have now treated her for coccidiosis and will keep an eye out for tapeworm.

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