There are some basic things
you can do until you figure out what is wrong with your bird.
Inspect her for parasites.
You might be surprised but mites and lice can easily kill a bird! If
not they can weaken a bird to the point that it gets sick.
Are there small bugs
around her vent, on her head, or under her wings? These could be very
tiny red dots (mites) they could be larger translucent/white/yellow
(lice). Lice also show us as clumps (of eggs) stuck to the base of
Are her leg scales
raised and the legs large and rough looking? This is scaly leg mites.
Inspect her for other
injuries. Look for
Weight loss. Is she
thin? Feel near her breastbone; does her breastbone protrude?
Problems around the
vent. Is it dirty? Is her vent pasted or pasted shut? Clean around the
vent and carefully inspect it.
Beak so long she can't
Toe nails so long she
has trouble walking
Hot spots indicating
Swollen abdomen (bound
egg or worse)
Abscesses around eyes
Bad odor near ears or
Patches on the mucous
membranes inside the beak
Crop full or spongy
Plugged nares (nostrils)
Keep an eye on the manure.
The consistency changes throughout the day and day by day. You should
not see blood, excessive mucous, or anything else unusual.
Feed her beneficial bacteria
(lactobacillus), they keep digestion going correctly and fight disease
by crowding out disease bacteria. You can just mix 1-2 teaspoons of
ACTIVE culture yogurt with a small amount of food and give this as the
only food until she eats it. You can also buy lactobacillus at health
food stores, pharmacies, Wal-Mart, andLake's Unlimited800-634-2473.
Isolate her from the flock
to protect them and her. If she can have one non aggressive friend,
Keep her warm. One good
suggestion is a pet carrier with a heating pad on low beneath and
OUTSIDE the carrier. Another is a light bulb in a reflector. If she is
too weak to move, be sure she doesn't get too hot.
Give her a good diet. Supply
high energy supplements like chopped hard boiled or microwaved egg.
Another good food is a hand rearing formula for caged birds. Kaytee
Exact and Nekton Tonic K are good. We have saved many weak chicks and
adults with Nekton Tonic K. You can get these at a local pet supply
house or atDoctors Foster
Give her vitamins and
electrolytes. These are available at poultry supply and farm stores.
Some prefer not to mix it in the water but sprinkle them on the food.
Make sure she drinks and
eats several times a day. Keep the food and water close.
If necessary, use an
eyedropper to feed her. Be careful to place the eyedropper far back in
the mouth. There is a hole at the base of the tongue that leads to her
lungs. Get water in there and you will make things worse.