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What should i do for this chicken?
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:08 PM
If anything. Feeding and changing the water off the neighbour's chickens. Noticed yesterday that one was walking a little off, today the poor thing can't even stand up without falling over to the side. Will walk 2-3 steps then just fall over. The leg does not appear to be broken, but i can't really tell, it does look like it has some sort of growth on its foot, well its not on the other foot but i'm not really up on chickent typical appearances.
Neighbour will be back on monday late at night. On a sailing trip so i can't contact her. It's still laying eggs though.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:13 PM
Hope it helps. Poor thing.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:14 PM
Mum and Dad had a chicken 2 weeks ago that suddenly looked sick, couldn't walk etc etc. Turns out she was egg bound. She layed 2 of the most weirdly shaped eggs I have seen about 2 days later, then she was fine to go again! I wonder if it could be something like that?
ETA - Just read that it's still laying eggs
Edited by Allie_D, 17 November 2012 - 06:17 PM.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:22 PM
I had my chicken that was egg bound put to sleep she had got past saving because I didn't realise there was anything wrong.
Problem with chooks is that when they are sick they don't show it until they get really sick.
Did your neighbour give you any instructions if a chook got sick? I know I tell my neighbours don't worry if one dies just dispose of the body in the bin or bush ( for the foxes). If they need a vet I tell them to take the chook and I'll pay the vet if possible or pay them back.
In your situation I'd take it to the vet (not sure if you can get one on a weekend) and if no vet is available I'd try to isolate the chook as chooks are actually cannibals so I'd worry another chook will decide that it's tasty !
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:25 PM
yeah that's what i am worried about, my neighbour told me that they had to er end one's sufferiing because the other chickens all ganged up on it and pecked it almost to death.
umm i found a pet carrier to isolate it, will torn up newspaper be sufficient for bedding. I can't find any of the other straw that is in the main coop.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:25 PM
If it is at the point where it is unable to walk far enough to drink water and eat, then it would be very cruel to let it starve to death or dehydrate. If it was one of my chooks I would be checking it every few hour or more to see it was fed and watered. To leave it til Monday night with no care would be a horrible thing to do. Knocking it on the head would be far kinder if it's that far gone health wise.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:52 PM
OK i isolated it, i put some newspaper down and took some of the straw from the coop and put it on top. I put a dish of water and some food in, the chicken was eating and drinking when i left it. Sufficient? I'll get some epsom salts tomorrow and follow the directions on that site ^^. Eating and drinking is a good sign right? Do i need to throw something over the pet carrier at night, it won't get cold will it?
I'm not going to off the chicken, i just would like to keep it alive until neighbour gets back.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:56 PM
Are you in Victoria? Apparently there is a really good chook vet in Burwood.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:00 PM
no. North QLD. She's told me to take the dog to a particular vet if there is a problem, i've been looking after her for nearly 4 years on occasionas, she hasn't had the chickens a year yet and I forgot to ask and she forgot to tell. I'm not sure to take because if they would have just put it out of its misery, then that will incur expense for them. But if its still laying eggs and eating and drinking it can't be that bad yet. I hope.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:02 PM
There's a part of this forum http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/ where you can ask questions about medical issues in hens. You can even post a photo of the issue and people will give you some advice.
You did a good job isolating the chicken - if it's a contagious thing you want to avoid the others getting it if possible, and they can pick on a sick bird pretty badly too. If you're worried about it being cold, could you put the pet carrier in the garage or shed to keep it warmer? It's a good thing that it's eating and drinking.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:05 PM
By the time the chicken is that sick, a vet is usually a waste of time and money. Either it will get better, or it won't. I am unsure of the rules on recommending forums, but if you want a forum which will definitely help you, pm me
Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:06 PM
It's only going to get down to about 20 degrees tonight, so should be right? I have no idea on how warm chickens need to be kept! The pet carrier is one used for the dog on planes, so enclose on 3 sides, wire gate on the front, small holes pm each of the sides.
ETA: its up on a table, there is a dog there also/
Edited by zeus359, 17 November 2012 - 07:09 PM.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:10 PM
Still alive, not walking at all now. I tried the epsom salt soak, and to get rid of the black stuff, but i don't think it did much good It's still eating and drinking, i kind of positioned its food and water so it could reach them, and it manouvred itself towards them. ETA: no eggs today though.
Edited by zeus359, 18 November 2012 - 09:16 PM.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:15 PM
Honestly, that sounds really bad. I wouldn't be surprised if it died within the next 24 hours, and would be seriously considering putting it out of its misery now.
Sorry that you're having to deal with this.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:18 PM
I used to live in the country (but was raised in the city) and I had chickens. One of my girls once hurt her leg - much as you described. Being a city girl, who loved her chickens, I took my girl to the vet. The vet did check to see if she was egg bound, which she wasn't, and then diagnosed an unspecified soft tissue injury. I was told to keep her quiet (I first had her in a box, then moved up to a children's playpen). I made sure she had food and water, and cleaned out her little home twice a day. She did go off the lay, and it took 2 - 3 weeks for her to get better. Once she was better, she went back to laying. Hope the chicken you are lookng after feels better soon.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:21 PM
Yeah this happened to my chook, she was quiet but ok. The she was wobbly on feet, still eating and drinking though. My chook didn't have anything wrong with its leg though.
I isolated her and in the morning I made an appointment with vet (she deteriorated over weekend when vet was closed). I could only get in at 11.30am but she didn't make it to the appointment.
It's amazing how quick they deteriorate. It's a survival instinct birds have - show no illness in the wild or you will be preyed upon.
Sorry you're going through it, it's bad enough when it's your own let alone looking after someones chook.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:27 PM
I think you have done all the right things. It's always hard to know what to do with chooks. I have had them seem healthy and drop dead an hour later, and others that I was sure were not going to make it but they did. Usually a couple of days isolation and restricted movement sees them improve so hopefully she will make it through.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:36 AM
She's alive, about the same. About to go over and clean her cage out. Neighbour will be back tonight.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:01 AM
if this helps you feel less anxious, when one of mine was egg bound, it did come good; but there are other things it can be. ask your neighbour to get onto the andy vardy backyard poultry forum and ask questions. she will get heaps of really spot-on help. good luck. yes, chickens do die easily, but i have had some miracle recoveries, too. you have been doing the right thing.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:58 PM
The Andy Vardy poultry forum is down for maintenance for a few days! Another good one is:
Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:30 PM
Just wondering what happened to the chicken. I hope it is ok.
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