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Building up strength after illness

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My lovely hen has had diarrhea for a week. She is lethargic and has mostly stopped eating. She will only eat cucumber and water given to her from a pipette. I have diluted Verm-X supplement in the water.
What can I feed her to build  up her strength?

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You need to find out what's wrong with her. At least get a fecal sample read. Diarrhea is usually something intestinal (worms, bacteria) but could be something more serious like TB, influenza, colibacillosis, strep.

What color is the diarrhea?

You're not going to be able to get enough energy and protein in her the way you're going.

 In the mean time, try some yogurt for the protein and probiotics.

A lethargic chicken is very very sick. They hide illness well.

 

Be ready to send her to the state poultry lab for necropsy if she dies. How many other birds do you have? What state are you in?


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/27/16 at 10:11am

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thanks for that. I will try the probiotic yoghurt.

I have 3 other hens and they are all fine. I have isolated the sick hen. She was eating worms yesterday (which I provided) which is protein isn't it?

 

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