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Hi I have a silky I have had for a week and for the last 2 days she's has been quiet and sleepy not even leaving the hen house in the morning. I have isolated get to our laundry, filled her water with electrolytes and given her some boiled egg. Isn't walking around just standing and hanging her head sleepily. Will drink if I put it under her beak but otherwise looks so miserable. Any suggestions/help?
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I hope that other more experienced members will be able to help out, but you are doing everything you can for the moment i think.

 

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Hi I have a silky I have had for a week and for the last 2 days she's has been quiet and sleepy not even leaving the hen house in the morning. I have isolated get to our laundry, filled her water with electrolytes and given her some boiled egg. Isn't walking around just standing and hanging her head sleepily. Will drink if I put it under her beak but otherwise looks so miserable. Any suggestions/help?

How old is she? Has she been accepted into the flock or could she have been kept from food or water? I would be tempted to treat her for possible coccidiosis with Corid (amprollium) in her water. It is a cattle medicine at feed stores.  Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder, per gallon of water for 5 days. Then treat her with some probiotics and vitamin s in her water for a few extra days.Then I would worm your flock with Valbazen a few days later.

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She was eating and drinking while in the coop and seemed happy enough. I brought 3 silkys together and this morning went out to check on the other 2 and one was dead 😞 Ended up bathing the one I have in my laundry and discovered creepy crawlys once I could see through the feathers. Took her down to the vet and he said she had lice. He gave her a vitamin injection and I have now coated her and the remaining silky in the dusting powder. She is still lethargic and not very responsive. I have been syringe feeding her water with electrolytes, egg and yogurt. I am trying hard but I can't see her making it!
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Lice shouldn't kill them, but mites certainly can. Sorry for your loss. Silkies can be a bit on the delicate side. I still would recommend Corid for possible coccidiosis, and it won't do harm. Let me know if you need the dosage.  Here are two articles on mites and cocci to read:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html

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