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What to do with a lethargic hen?? Pls help

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My three year old hybrid is very unresponsive unlike her usual self and won't eat I managed to give her some garlic water but that was it. She has poo all round her bottom and I'm thinking of giving her electrolyte but not sure how much to give her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, she had a similar problem a year ago but seemed to get better on her own but not sure what to do this time, thank you for any help
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Update: she now won't eat or drink and doesn't seem aware of anything I also found some worms on her bottom and she looks like she might die has anyone got any advice of anything I can do!!!! Or. Any ways to make her eat or drink
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I'm sorry that I did not see this earlier. Your hen may have fly strike from maggot infestation, which can be a hazard of a soiled vent in warm weather. Make sure there is no pecking injury or other injury to her skin. Is she consious? If so, you need to palce her in a warm shallow bath, with either soap, betadine, or epsom salts added. Wash off the droppings, and try to pick off any visible maggots. Some may well be up inside of her, so she may need more than one bath. Apply some antibiotic ointment to her vent area. If she is too far gone, I would think about putting her down, so she doesn't suffer. Check your other hens for soiled bottoms, and clean if needed. SWAT is a horse ointment with permethrin that can help to keep flies off animals to prevent fly strike. Let us know how she is doing.
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