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Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Sick Chicken help needed

From: Melina B.
Sent on: Friday, July 20, 2012 11:33 AM
if youre going to worm her, go slow...can you bring her inside and put her in a box to rest and so you can watch her poo and breathing?
start with cayenne pepper in yogurt and if you can get a squash or pumpkin, whir the fresh seeds in a cuisinart or blender and mix it in to start...thats the mildest...then in a few days give her wazine (you can order it on and in a week after that use a wide spectrum wormer like wormex or eprinex (pour you drip a few drips on her skin.) dont eat eggs for 2 weeks after you give wazine. Eprinex has no withdrawal time so time your egg withdrawal from the wazine. you do it in stages so as not to make her sick. You may want to worm your whole flock. I suggest worming twice per year or during the molt if your molt is regular enough.

Also check her carefully for mites around her vent...they will look like buildup on the bas of the feathers and when you look close they will be moving with many little tiny points....Mites can cause a bird to shut down and they are hard to see if you dont know what to look for, you wouldnt see them. They can progress very quickly.

Look for any whooping, sneezing, coughing and bad odor from the mouth.
Look for any discharge from the nose and any swelling around the eyes.
Keep an eye on her to see if she is laying....if she has worms or mites she will not lay or will lay less.
if she is internal laying, then there isnt much you can do; the egg stuff will build up and eventually kill her.

It sounds like you need to separate her and keep an eye on her and then report back.

Oh, and check her feet to see if she has any black calluses on her pads...that would be bumblefoot and could cause them to just sit inside. 


On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Molly Caldwell <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I have a year old Black Star named Betsy.  She is normally bossy and aggressive and the leader of our flock.  When I got home from work yesterday evening, I went out to check on them and noticed Betsy was already in the coop roosting. It was far too early for her to go to bed and the others were still out and about.  I checked on her this morning and again she hadn't left the roost in the hen house.  She finally came out when I brought them cold fresh watermelon but didn't even peck at it.  She nibbled a bit of food but not at all with her usual voracious appeitte.  I noticed her comb was drooping to the side.  She never lets me touch her but today she actually let me pick her up and hold her without any fight!  She definitely seems sick. 
These are the three things I'm thinking it could be after reading my chicken books 1) Impacted crop  2) egg-bound 3) worms or parasites.  I haven't seen any changes in her feces (maybe a bit runny?) but am looking out for it.  She is not snotty or wheezy or anything.  Any thoughts as to what it could be?
Also, if it is parasites or worms, where do you get the medicines in the city to treat them?  I don't think I have time to mail order them and have no idea what to do!    
Any help appreciated...  
Molly M. Caldwell
Crown Heights

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