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#86665 - 12/28/07 06:17 PM Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
Deja Girl Offline
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Registered: 12/24/07
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My sister and I have a little pet bantam rooster, a Seabright named Kona, and something is horribly wrong with him. He looks like something is wrong with his neck and he can't stand up staight. I noticed him on the ground when I went to check on the chicken coop for the night. The scary thing is the same thing happened to an english/modern game bantam hen we had about two weeks ago. We thought she'd just fallen off the roost and broken her neck, and when she didn't get better we just had to put her down. Kona doesn't seem to be as bad off as she was, he can still hold his head up a little bit, but he's our favorite little pet and we're very worried about him. What's wrong? Is it a broken neck? Is it some kind of disease? We don't have any big chickens that could've beaten up on him, just bantams, and we take very good care of them. Please help!

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#86666 - 12/28/07 06:39 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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I've been looking over the diseases in the health related links and he seems to have the symptoms of botulism...except they're only supossed to get that when it's warm, and it's been very cold the last few days. Could he possibly still have that?

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#86667 - 12/28/07 07:05 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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Botulism poisoning is also called Limber Neck, as the bird cannot lift the head or neck. Without seeing the bird, it is not possible, except to guess!

But is it RED ALERT, requires immediate treatment. I am going to see if I can copy the
treatment from the SEARCH function at the top of the page. Meantime find a glass eyedropper !

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#86668 - 12/28/07 07:10 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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I looked up the treatment from the health related links and we've given him some water with epsom salt, he's pooped twice since then, and seems to be doing a little better.
We're going to give all the other chickens water with epsom salt too, in case they have it. Is this the right course of treatment?

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#86669 - 12/28/07 07:16 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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Here is the post:


Member # 7

posted August 04, 2004 10:29 PM
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I had perfect success with Epsom Salt Flush with 2 9-10 week old birds, but Damerow book says never to Flush chicks???? I used a glass eyedropper, so it went right into the crop and the pullets did not taste the Epsom Salts. (1t in 1/2 cup water). Just a small amount 2 or 3 times a day for two or three days. I did it three times a day for two days and recovery was good enough for just one more time the third day. Can't be more definitive without seeing the birds AND it could be something else! CJR

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#86670 - 12/28/07 07:20 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
Deja Girl Offline
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thank you for your hope, we're doing the epsom salt flush and hopefully Kona will recover.

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#86671 - 12/28/07 07:38 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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One more post: If there is any wet bedding in your coop or a collection of leaves, dead grass or other material in your pen, especially around the feeders or waters REMOVE IT ALL. This is where the botulism bacteria may be located. I would NOT treat any birds without symptoms. It will give them diarrhea--not nice for them or their pen. Good luck, CJR

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#86672 - 12/28/07 07:59 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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Registered: 12/24/07
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Loc: California
what is the survival rate if you do the epsom flush? (we have) And we did give all our other chickens some epsom salt, we didn't want to chance it as we've already had two get it. One of them was looking kind of listless so hopefully this will stop her from getting where Kona is.
Thank you for your help...now I just have to hope and pray that little kona gets better...about how much epsom salt fluid would you have to give a little seabright rooster? We gave him about an ounce of salt/water mix....

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#86673 - 12/28/07 09:47 PM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
Deja Girl Offline
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Registered: 12/24/07
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Loc: California
kona seems to have taken a turn for the worse...he seems to be draining mucus from his mouth...did I give him too much epsom salt water or did it just not all go down? frown I really don't want my pet to die but I'm starting to lose hope. At least all the other chickens are doing fine.

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#86674 - 12/29/07 09:32 AM Re: Help! Something is horribly wrong with our pet rooster!
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An eyedropper full is enough for each treatment. I pulled the head and neck up, inserted the eyedropper down into the esophogus, so the liquid went directly into the crop.

If you gave him too much, and it is being pushed up out of the crop, you might put him upside down for a very quick drain, as you must not get any into the trachae.

Don't give up, even if he is pretty limp. Recovery can be pretty miraculous--let's hope so, for him! I lost two birds one year, birds that a friend was keeping for me--she didn't call and tell me they were acting strangely. I had 2 young pullets affected, described above, and a year later, another pullet. I saw that one at once, she had a quick recovery! I have not seen it before or since--it is not common at all.

Without treatment, it is fatal. Botulism is a poison (we must fear it ourselves, in home-canned goods, without a proper seal or bulgy canned meats or vegetables.) CJR

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