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sleeping a lot, pale comb

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Hi everyone,

My 1 year old hen is sleeping a lot, and has been for almost a week. I thought she might be broody but she is not doing the fluffed up feathers and the broody sounds. She sits away from the others under shelter looking miserable. Today I noticed that she has liquidy greenish poo, and a very pale comb. The rest of the flock have no symptoms. I wormed them all about a month ago. What other signs should I check for, and what can I do?

Thanks

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She is quite ill, by the time they show it to us, they are worse than we think.  She is distancing because the others will attack her if they suspect an illness.   Green liquid poo indicates she is not eating, pale comb is sign of many illnesses and finding the cause is difficult.

 

First remove her from the flock and place her somewhere safe so you can watch input and output.  Examine her carefully for any sign that will guide to a diagnosis - do a thorough head to tail and feet examination.  If she is not drinking, try using a dropper to drizzle water over the beak to see if she will drink. Offer her favorite treats to see if she will eat.    If you haven't picked her up, I bet she she has already lost quite a bit of weight.

 

Post as much detail you discover can help with diagnosis for treatment suggestions.

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post #3 of 6

I would give her some water containing electrolytes and vitamins (such as SaveAChick) and try feeding her some chopped egg or raw egg mixed well with buttermilk or plain yogurt and put on some bread crumbs. Check her skin all over, but especially around the vent for tiny bugs or eggs of mites or lice. Mites can kill from anemia. Permethrin spray or garden dust is very good to treat those. Once you get her drinking liquids, you may want to worm her with Valbazen 1/2 ml orally, and repeated after 10 days incase she has a severe worm load. Fenbendazole (Safeguard liquid or paste, Panacur)  is also good to use. 

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for your advice. Sadly Mabel died last night. The others all seem healthy, but I am planning to feed them supplements to boost their immune systems just in case it was a virus. I am going to give them porridge mixed with grated vegetable and garlic every day. I am going to go to the pet store to see if I can get some vitamin supplements to add as well. What else could I give?

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Sorry for your loss. Probiotics or a small amount of plain yogurt, are very good to use a couple of times a week. Look for the mites, and treat with what is used in your country. Worming treatments may also be different, such as Flubenvet or levamisole. If another gets sick, then a necropsy may be in order.

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So sorry about your loss :hugs, hope the rest of the flock do well.

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