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

From: Molly C.
Sent on: Friday, July 20, 2012 12:39 PM
Meg - watery how?  Like loose stool? Not that I've noticed but I'm at work now so I haven't observed her in a couple hours.  I'm going to leave early to care for her and will let you know.  We built a new covered run about 2 months ago and since then, they seem to be less healthy.  I'm not sure why as it is huge, airy and allows our four girls to run around pretty freely. 
And thank you everyone for your help and remedies.  I called Hope Vetrinary and the chicken doc is out of town for two weeks - the avian vet on the UWS is pretty expensive so I might just try some of the remedies in my chicken care book. I have diatomaceous earth which is supposed to deworm/demite and I can give her yogurt etc if it is a crop issue....I'm most concerned about her being egg bound...ugg, I've never had to deal with that.
Also, does anyone have a resource for coffee chaff in Crown Heights area?  We have one in Williamsburg but it is too far for us to go on this would be appreciated... 

On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM, Alexandra Farkas <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey Molly, 

Sorry to hear about Betsy. Hope Vet on Atlantic Ave has a vet for chickens. I talked to them about it last time I was there with one of my cats. Apparently, there are enough chickens in Brooklyn now that they thought it worthwhile to provide care. Hooray! 

They're super nice over there, so they might be able to help you. I'm out of town, so I can't offer you our carriers to transport her, but I'm guessing a cardboard box would do the trick, too. 

Good luck! 

On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM, 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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