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Limping lethargic hen

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I have a Buff Orpington hen who is about 9 months old who started limping last Wed night. I watched it for a day before making her a pen in our old dog cage hoping to give her some rest. (Especially since I saw that the other hens must have been pecking at her.

She is not any better and is worse in my opinion. She now seems very lethargic and seems to have little strength to stay standing and is laying down to eat. Her wing also seemed like it kept wanting to droop.

Any ideas? I took some pics of her eye but am not sure what I'm looking for if its Marek

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Make sure that she isn't dehydrated by using a regular bowl of water just in case. Electrolytes can be added (SaveAChick or poultry vitamins, gatorade, Pedialyte, etc.)  Mareks could certainly be a possibility, but I would watch her for any diarrhea or blood in her droppings, check her crop to make sure that it is emptying overnight, feed her some regular feed with yogurt, chopped egg or tuna for extra protein. Check her for mites and lice. Coccidiosis can be a problem to cause weakness. Other chickens keeping her from food and water can resemble diseases. 

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