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About laurabeth67

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  1. Thanks Cat Tails and Lewis. Is there anything else I could do to support my unwell chicken? Currently got her isolated and inside in the warm, although she has no real symptoms other than lethargy and looking generally unwell.
  2. Hi, I’m wondering if I can ask a stupid question? Can a chicken have Mycoplasma Gallisepticum and not have any respiratory symptoms? I have a 9 year old hen who almost certainly has/had Mycoplasma. She has bubbles round her eyes, a constant wheezy cough and sneezing. She first had these symptoms about 4 years ago and recovered. On and off she’s had a recurrence of symptoms. I stupidly hadn’t realised that they are infectious for life even without symptoms, none of my other hens have ever caught it. I introduced 4 new hens to the flock last June, mainly because I have 3 x9 year old birds and 1 x3 year old bird and didn’t want the 3 year old left alone. One of the new hens died last November, basically looked hunched and had lost some weight but nothing else. Saw a vet who recommended worming the flock with flubivet which I did. Bird continued to deteriorate over two weeks, tried antibiotics to no avail, and eventually died. I now have another young chicken who looks similar. Not moving round as much, looks sad, probably lost weight. Sent a video to the vet and explained about my old hen periodically coughing and sneezing. She prescribed antibiotics which I gave to the whole flock. Did a worm count and no worms or cocci. Poorly hen has no respiratory symptoms, no bumble foot, no impacted crop, no diarrhoea, cleanish vent and not egg bound. I have separated her out and brought her indoors. She is still eating a bit and drinking. Could this still be Mycoplasma? Could it be something else, if so any ideas what? Am at a loss as to how to help my hens. Thanks for reading! Photo of affected chicken.
  3. Thanks MamaCoop, I appreciate it. X
  4. Hi MamaCoop, Thanks for asking. Sadly she died a few days after she started the antibiotics. She just kept sliding inexorably downhill. I worry that she aspirated a bit when I gave her the first lot of antibiotics which made things worse as she did cough afterwards. I still don’t know why really. I had to ring DEFRA about disposal of her body, but they were satisfied it wasn’t bird flu thank goodness. All my other hens seem fine, which is also a relief. Just feel really sad I couldn’t help her and that she was so young. Thanks for all the advice and support though. X
  5. Ok thanks Cat Tails. Vet has given me some antibiotics for her, have got the first dose in but think a lot of it went down the wrong way! Not ideal! Vet felt there wasn’t much more they could offer. No other chickens ill and the vet did not mention bird flu in relation to her thank goodness.
  6. So she has survived the night and has eaten some more fruit and some porridge (without syringe!) this morning. Have called the vet, but the receptionist has told me they cannot see any poultry at the practice as there has been an outbreak of bird flu. She has no respiratory symptoms, but could this be bird flu? If it were, would they cull my whole flock?! Am waiting for the vet herself to ring me back.
  7. Thanks MamaCoop. I thought about syringe feeding her, but worried I’d choke her? Did you just open her beak and syringe food in?
  8. Really not good ☹️ Managed to get her to eat some fruit today, and I saw her drink a bit, but I’m not sure she’s going to last the night. Thanks so much for asking. If she is still alive tomorrow, I’ll speak to the vet but I don’t think there will be much they can do. She’s has just slid downhill steadily. Still not sure what is wrong. No respiratory symptoms, not egg bound, crop seems ok, no lice or mites that I can see, no other hens seem sick. Am so sad as she’s so young and is a lovely little chicken. Thanks for all the help/support on here.
  9. I will ring the vet again to see if they can suggest anything more.
  10. This is her on the right next to our Orpington Bantam, not long after we got them both. She’s very sad today, I’ve brought her back in to try and give her some layer pellets mashed up and some water but not sure she’s touched either. She’s definitely going downhill but not sure what else to try really. ☹️
  11. Yes it is. She’s sort of built differently if that makes sense, the Pekins are little round balls and she looks like a slightly bigger blackbird! She is a lovely chicken and it makes me so sad she looks so miserable. I’ll try and let them free range more tomorrow and see how they all are. Thanks for all the replies.
  12. I did wonder as she’s that much smaller than even the Pekins, if I’d set her up to fail. Up until now her feisty personality seems to have provided for her and she’s held her own, but perhaps illness/stress has just knocked her at the moment.
  13. Thanks for your reply Beantree. Yes I can fence off some outside area for them definitely, it would also keep the puppy back from their fencing by a few feet which might help. She has been laying, but had stopped a few months back for winter as it were. I can’t see/feel anything physically wrong with her, and neither could the vet, so I don’t think it’s her crop or that’s she’s egg bound. I will keep a close eye and isolate the aggressor if needed. I agree, I think if I bring her back in I’ll never reintroduce her. Thanks for your help.
  14. Hi, I have a Barnvelder bantam who is approx 7 months old. She lives with seven other chickens a mixture of Pekins and Orpington Bantams, 3 of them the same age as her. Although she’s always been the smallest, she has always held her own. Last weekend I noticed she looked hunched and was sitting around a lot and her comb looked darker. Took her to the vet’s Monday who couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her except she was a bit skinny and looked unhappy. She prescribed some flubivet in case it was worms. On our return from the vet, I notice a couple of the Pekin’s were picking on her, so I separated her out to a dog crate inside. She seemed initially to eat and drink quite a bit in the crate. I have tried reintroducing her to the flock with some flubivet on board, but they are still picking on her and she still looks unhappy. Should I continue to isolate her until she looks better? Should I instead isolate the main chicken bullying her? I am conscious I don’t entirely know what is wrong with her, I assume she got ill and then got picked on but it could be vice versa. They have a nice big walk in run and she does have space to get away. Ordinarily I would let them all free range but we have a new puppy, so can only let them out in short bursts. The puppy can see the chickens in the garden and sometimes bowls up to them and barks, but cannot get to them, and we always distract her and stop the behaviour. Could it be this that has made the chicken unwell? The others all seem fine, if slightly annoyed, by the puppy. Any thoughts/advice gratefully appreciated.
  15. I have 3 chocolate Orpington Bantams and a Pekin Bantam who are 4 years old and I 'think' vaccinated, and a Pekin Bantam + a Pekin Bantam cockerel that I hatched under a broody 3 years ago. These have not been vaccinated but the lady who sold me the eggs bred for immunity. Recently the Pekin hen that I have hatched developed a problem with her eye, the pupil is fixed and the colour has changed to blue. She is slightly quieter than normal but otherwise fine. I took her to my vet who initially wasn't sure, but then called me later to tell me she thought it was Marek's disease. Obviously I was gutted. She is otherwise fine. My questions are, is there anything else it could be? From what I've read she seems quite old for Marek's. I can only presume a wild bird somehow transferred it as no other chicken contact. Will she definitely die? Obviously wouldn't let her suffer, and even if vaccinated, can the others get it? I have bought a viralcidal cleaner to try and cut down on the virus that is being shed. Anything else I should do? Many thanks for any advice!

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