Chicken With Loss of Appetite

Asked April 18, 2016, 8:43 AM EDT

I have a 4 year old bantam that my vet believes is having respiratory issues. I am having trouble getting her to eat. She will only eat very little and the only thing I have been able to get her to eat is a small amount of cheese. I have offered her her usual grain, a mash of her grain, cooked oatmeal, scrambled egg and pieces of a flock block and she won't eat any of it. I got her to eat a little bit of raw egg this morning and some meal worms but not enough to say she is eating. I do have her on powder Tylan at my vets direction and today the 18th is her 2nd day on it. Do you have any advice on what I can do to help her start eating again? Her droppings are very small and white with some clear watery mucus. If I do get her to eat something, she will have a very small greenish dropping with white around it and it will be in a string type form. I am also worried because her body will sometimes do a jolting motion. At times she is active and other times she just sits, puffed up trying to sleep. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1 Response

Because there are so many things that could be causing a lack of appetite, I recommend working closely with your veterinarian to try and get to the root of the problem that is causing her not to eat properly.