One of my COVID-19 panic buying chickens is sick. Yesterday, she didn't want to eat dinner, which isn't that unusual. This morning I found her on the floor of the chicken coop. I thought she was dead at first but when I touched her, she began kicking her legs and opened her eyes before settling.
- Empty crop
- Dry oral mucosa (likely due to not drinking now for 15+ hours)
- Reddish-brown smear on rear of leg. Bloody stool?
- An area of likely very loose stool in a single spot in the coop (I cleaned it out and examined all the litter)
yellow particles are chick crumble
Differential diagnosis: Coccidiosis?
This colonizing protozoa is extremely common. The pullet is about 10 weeks old now and has been in the coop and out of the brooder for 3 weeks. I thought this might be a little old to get coccidiosis but I suppose it is possible that she was exposed to a strain she wasn't exposed to before
I isolated the pullet in the barn. I have been giving her syringes of water by wrapping her in a towel and holding her looking at me with her head slightly back. Tomorrow I am going to try a dewormer, Corid, in the water for all the chickens. I'll be surprised if this pullet survives based the extent of dehydration but hopefully that will help the other pullets.
I would appreciate any help, looking at you chicken experts like @goldenoakfarm.