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Kcoppock Kcoppock is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 04:55 PM
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Sick fledgling


I have a 6 week fledgling. Been out if the best approximately 10 days. I noticed she was looking very thin and not eating. She would nuzzle her parents to feed her but they wouldn't. I have a 4-1 antibiotic. Anyone know how much I should mix into her baby food? I'm tube feeding.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 18th June 2019, 09:47 AM
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4 in 1 is not good to use, it does not contain enough of a specific antibiotic to treat a disease. Have you checked way back in the throat for yellowish growths? Any other symptoms: losing feathers on breastarea, drinking lots of water, penquin posture after drinking? He might have canker. Best meds to use will be metronidazole sold as Meditrich by Medpet. 40 mg once daily for 7-10 days.
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Kcoppock Kcoppock is offline
Posted 18th June 2019, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the reply. She dies a very hard death at 4 am today. Very heartbreaking. Not sure what was wrong with her. Is there any preventive I can treat my coop with?
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 19th June 2019, 06:42 AM
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Sorry you lost him. Do you give your birds regular applecider vinegar and probiotics in their drinking water? All this helps to keep the good gut bacteria in place. You will also need to get familiar with all the diseases out there so that you will know the symptoms. Canker is very common, especially amongst fledglings. I always make sure I have cankermeds (meditrich by medpet) available.

A sick bird should immediately be seperated from the others. It helps if you know of a decent avian vet that can help with diagnosing a disease.
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