Pullet Sick for a Month, Should I Put Her Down?
by Suzanna Innerhofer
I have 3 dark Brahma pullets. For a month now 1 of the pullets has been really sick. She's thin, lethargic, and keeps her eyes closed no matter what. I have given her some antibiotics, and am trying to get her to drink some electrolyte water. She refuses any food, and water I try to give her. I thought she had passed a couple weeks ago, and put her out but my husband found her alive standing beside our freezer a couple days ago and put her back in the coop. She was covered in lice, mites, and looked really bad. So I tried to get her to eat some scrambled eggs with nutridrench, and drink some water with electrolytes. I treated her with some garden and poultry dust for the lice and mites, and turned on a heat lamp at night to keep her warm. She's now starting to list backwards if I move her. I'm having to pack clean shavings around her to keep her sternal. I am trying my hardest to help her but I'm afraid she's too far gone. Is there a possibility of me saving her, or should I do the right thing and put her down? I don't think the store vaccinated her, and I know I haven't. I don't want to keep stressing her by pushing treatments that aren't going to work. Yes, I cleaned my coop well, dusted my other 2 pullets, and sprayed the coop well to try and keep them from getting lice and mites. I'm going to do a follow-up tomorrow. I also dewormed them with wazine 17 about 2 wks ago and need to do it again with strongid tomorrow. Please help.