One of my pullets around 2 months old is acting off this evening. Droopy wings, tail, and even keeping her head drooped. She’ll walk around and continues to eat and peck at things, but her behavior is slower than normal not sure how else to put it. Her poop is still normal.
This could be many things....unfortunately, those symptoms could be attributed to multiple illnesses. Do you have Marek’s in the flock?
As far as I know. I do not. Had another older pullet just about laying age have some sneezing and watering eyes but gave her some antibiotics and it cleared right up. No other signs of any illness except for this droopy pulley.
If they were unvaccinated I would assume Marek's. It could also be a vitamin deficiency of some sort (B?).
Right now they only have access to medicated chick starter and a small run with no grass. I will pick some grass and throw that in to them from time to time but that’s it, so it could be likely they’re lacking some sort of vitamin. She’s still spunky when you try to catch her, if that helps at all. So far no one else is showing symptoms
Since chickens go from "droopy" to dead very quickly, I'd probably give her antibiotics. If you can't feel her crop, it sounds like she's not eating. Can you separate her and one more chicken (they don't do well alone) and try to tempt her with something yummy? Marsha
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Alright I got her and a buddy separated gave her a shot in the breast of la 200 and tried to feed her some scrambled eggs. She wants nothing to do with them or anything else I try to feed her that you’d think would be tempting. Put some of the chick started she’s used to eating on top of the eggs and she did eat some of that but VERY little. Put some apple cider vinegar in the water I gave her and some in the water for the rest of the pullets she’s been with. The other hens and older pullets free range so they drink out of the creek. She can move quite well when you make her (trying to catch her) and has full use of her wings when she wants to. Have to go to work enlisted mom to keep an eye on her but I’m not very hopeful. Her droppings are very runny now and look like mostly water. Probably from not eating
Came home to a very pleasant surprise. When I first walked into the garage I couldn’t tell who was who. She’s standing up and acting normal and back to being very fast and flighty when you approach to closely. Haven’t felt her crop yet as I was heading into the house after work to change. Scrambled eggs are scattered everywhere. She’s the one in the back.
She still looks a bit fluffed and not quite right to me. She ought to be scarfing those scrambled eggs like nobody's business.
A couple more things to try: cooked oatmeal, cooked spaghetti, cooked rice, some blueberries--very good for them--, and some small pieces of bread soaked in milk or clabber, if you have it.
I'd keep an eye on her.
Her companion wants nothing to do with the eggs either... I’ll try some oatmeal in the morning and keep an eye on her. From my understanding you shouldn’t repeat a shot of la 200 in chickens until 3-4 days have passed so I’ll wait and see if she needs another dose and keep trying to find something other than her normal feed she’ll eat. I have some frozen blue berries will those be fine to give her thawed??
Post by jerseyrose on Apr 14, 2020 13:49:47 GMT -5
Mine eat anything I put in there. I second trying the rice or spaghetti. Mine love those too.
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