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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:29 pm 
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Hi, I have a young pullet who I originally thought had coccidiosis. Fluffed up, hunched, quiet, etc My first time with trying to look after a sick chicken. Vet wasn't an option where I live. I'm a naturopath so I did some research and made a herbal remedy tea/paste as follows: wormwood, black hulled walnut, fresh crushed garlic, oregano oil, cinnamon, brewers yeast, echinacea, calendula, manuka honey, ground pumpkin seeds, peppermint, etc. Been feeding it with a dropper 4 or 5 times a day for 4 days now but no improvement.

She hardly moves, but does swallow when I squirt the tea mix into her mouth. I thought she felt hot in the mouth for first couple days but that seems to have settled. I keep her in a box with a warm water bottle. She doesn't move at all. She's had really bad squirty water diarrhea, which has settled a bit since I added ground cinnamon to the mixture. Another rooster also looked sick and had diarrhea and I gave him same medicine and he has recovered. A couple other pullets look a bit quiet and I've added the mix ground up into their feed and they're still getting around.

The really sick pullet's head flops back onto her back, and sometime revolves around and around like a helicopter when I pick her up. No mucous, sneezing, or wheezing except once when I gave her too much tea too quickly. I've ordered online Amproulin (for coccidiosis), Oxymav broad spectrum antibiotic and Levamisole. It should be here tomorrow fingers crossed. Any ideas what it might be and what else I can do? Also what of the above meds do you think I should give first, second etc, and how? Am I prolonging her misery by keeping her alive. Not sure what to do. Any advice would be much appreciated.

FYI I have cleaned and disinfected the chicken house, and sprinkled everything with Ag lime.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:59 pm 
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Hi Comfrey what you describe is not all that unusual - possibly neurological, maybe from an injury but often dietary related, especially in young birds.
Sometimes it can be fixed with a balanced avian vitamin addition - if so the recovery will occur within a couple of days but if the problem is with the metabolism of the vitamins in the regular diet it will recurr. I am sure that the contortions must be painful so consider euthanizing.
It is unlikely to be bacterial so the Oxymav won't help and will only destroy healthy gut bacteria.
It doesn't sound like coccidiosis although the first symptoms you described fit. Generally the bird quickly becomes droopy and listless and just fades away if not treated promptly - you may see blood in the poop.
Worms - unlikely, although regular worming is a good idea - certainly treat your other birds.
Can you describe their diet - that may give some clues.

I have one young bird who acted like this from hatch - the vitamins seemed to fix it but if she gets stressed she still does the neck tango but not so badly - she stops when she relaxes and is otherwise thriving.


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