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#112295 - 03/01/14 07:16 PM Re: Sick Faverolle [Re: Altair]
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8501
Loc: Montana
My opinion: Sulmet is a poison and directions must be followed EXACTLY. Not a good idea for a sick chicken. Without diagnosis, antibiotics are also a waste, and excessive use when not needed have now given us resistant bacteria (will not help viruses) and may no longer be effective as they formerly would.

We are so sad when we cannot diagnose and treat. Few Vets specialize in chickens. For some problems, Exotic Bird Vets can help. And treatment for chickens is usually for flocks, not an individual bird. Commercial chicken producers just toss a sick bird. We do not!!!

Hunchy, not eating, does not tell enough. Droppings==color and consistancy? Eating or drinking if food is right before the hen? Color of comb, Easy to check for mites or lice, but not a symptom by itself. Not too hopeful, but hope anyway, that she will handle it okay.....Good luck

Crop impaction, as a check by Altair, is one we can do easily. You can feel if it is empty, or full of feed that she ate several days ago, if impacted. Possible to treat sometimes--SEARCH topic will have suggestions, including surgery that you and a helper could do.

#112296 - 03/01/14 09:14 PM Re: Sick Faverolle [Re: CJR]
Zephyr Offline
New Egg

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 6
Loc: Virginia, USA
I agree with CJR... Sulmet is nasty stuff. Antibiotics are not that useful when you don't have a confirmed diagnosis....and wth our would not have done much good as her illness would not have been determined in time. Our hens are like members of our family, so it's heart breaking when there is nothing you can do but try and comfort the bird. You might find a knowledgeable person at the grain store, we have southern states here and often you can find people that can offer suggestions. Good luck.

Edited by Zephyr (03/01/14 09:15 PM)

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