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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:57 pm 
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Hi,

Our beloved Titch has gone from an active member of the flock to a completely lame, listless hen who is lying in one spot and only moves her head. Any ideas on what we might do? I have copied the checklist and answered below. Do let me know if you need any further info and I'll do my best to answer.

Any help will be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Jules

Age: 6 months
Breed: Polish
Sex: Hen

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

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: Completely lame, lying with her head down, listless

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: Ren hen free range + they free range


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Not sure

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

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: Still eating and drinking if you put food right in front of her

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: No

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Not moving

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

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?
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1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: within last 4 weeks

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: Gecko in water

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

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

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: We've expanded the chickens run


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:12 pm 
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How quickly did she deteriorate, Jules? Is she a good weight or does she feel bony and light?

I’m afraid that once they show serious signs of being in trouble there is, very sadly, often not a lot that can be done. There is sometimes more hope if the chook is a good weight, meaning it’s an acute thing rather than a slow deterioration. Even so, it can be necessary to see a vet to get a diagnosis and treatment. Is that an option for you and this chook?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Hi Rach,

Titch deteriorated really quickly. I think you're right re the likely outcome :-(

Thanks for your response.

jules


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:44 pm 
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The one time I had a chook go downhill very fast (but in good weight) it was a bacterial gut infection. Symptoms were listlessness, floppiness, and terrible smelling brown poo. The chook did come good with prescription antibiotics. But that’s only one thing that can cause a swift deterioration. The range of things that can happen to us can happen to chickens too....stroke, heart problems, cancer....

It is always horrible when our pets are in distress like this.. I’m very sorry.

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