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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Have a chicken who hasn't been eating & drinking very little

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have a chicken who hasn't been eating & drinking very little the last few days.any answer for what's wrong?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Unfortunately, the symptoms of anorexia and diarrhea can indicate any number of illnesses or health issues. In avian medicine, there's rarely one cause of a condition, so we usually begin with a list of differential diagnoses and use lab tests, X-rays, and physical exams to differentiate one from another. With this in mind, your best course of action is to reach out to your county-extension poultry personnel or avian-oriented veterinarian (please see here: for help in differentiating the various causes of what you're seeing. Veterinarians can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests, including X-rays, to distinguish between the differential diagnoses.It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense Nugget's financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen. For now, bringing her inside was prudent and caring for her in this manner should be considered: If she can't be attended to by a vet, presumptive worming with piperazine (Wazine), anticoccidial therapy with amprolium (Corid), and antibiotic therapy with tylosin (Tylan-50) dosed at 20-30 mg/lb daily either intramuscularly or orally with the injectable solution is reasonable. All of these products are available in your local feed store.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Nugget. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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