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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:43 pm 
Dapper Duck
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Age: Unsure, had her for two years
Breed: Pekin Bantam
Sex: Female

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Hunter Valley NSW

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: First noticed her comb was pale and she had trouble walking. Weight loss

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: Chicken layer pellets, gave her some freeze dried worms for christmas, and shes free range so grass/bugs etc

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Was green at start but have wormed her and its now brownish but runny

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: When I pick her up she gasps for air

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: Not interested in pellets but will eat freeze dried worms and other treat foods

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: comb is pale, weight loss. She detoriated in the last 24hrs and her legs are splayed out now and cant stand at all

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Kept away from group flock and just hung out with her bestie hen

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: Can no longer stand, legs splayed out

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: Worm every six months, wormed when first noticed was sick

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

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: in drinking water

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

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: VERY hot weather in the last week for multiple days

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:50 pm 
Old Mother Goose
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Hi Frizzle Fluff, your hen sounds very unwell. Mareks is possible, but unusual in an older bird. It sounds to me as if she has a severe respiratory infection and/or heat stroke. It would be best if you could take her to the vet. You would probably be given prescription antibiotics.
The green poop indicates that she is not eating or at least not getting the benefit of what she eats. The worming product that you used - does it cover Tapeworm (needs to list Praziquantel in the 'ingredients'). A heavy worm burden can cause lameness. If you see a vet take a poo sample with you.
If a vet visit is not an option, offer her some electrolytes to drink, keep her separated and comfortable and provide tlc.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:05 pm 
Dapper Duck
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She's been getting vitamin/electrolyte water since Wednesday and is separated from the flock and is currently inside.
I've just checked my wormer and it doesn't do Tape worm :-(

No vets open today but if shes not improving by tomorrow I will take her to see one :(

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