I have 7 hens who live in my backyard and who have become my dear friends. They are about two years old. It is my first flock, and I have learned a lot. I have been lurking in the background of this forum for several years. I have always been able to find answers to my questions by searching, rather than making a post.
I have several chickens who have had problems with their voices. Some have almost no voice, or sound hoarse. One in particular has gotten very thin, she gapes (as do several others) and she eats very little. At times she seems a little depressed, but she still hunts. She closes her eyes a lot during the day. When she does eat, she's picky about what she eats. She doesn't seem to want to eat much protein. Won't eat tuna, scrambled egg, very little yogurt. She'll eat rice, the millet seeds in the Scratch, and tomatoes. If she finds a bug, or an earthworm, she will eat that. She hasn't laid in a while, and several of the others haven't laid in a while, either.
I've tried giving her injections of Tylan (because of her voice). In fact, have given all of the birds a round due to voices, and what looked like to me, trouble breathing. As for the hen who is really not doing well, I thought for a while she might have sour crop, so I tried to treat that. Still the same. I have tried pumpkin seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar in the water, vitamins in their water, tried giving them carrot tonic water...I'm really at the end of my rope.
I read somewhere on the forum where someone suggestion using Valbazen (my regular wormer) 3 times within 10 days for gapeworm. (This did not help). Then another thread suggested that Levamisole was the THE thing for Gapeworm...but there was no dosage information.
I decided to ordered this (for cattle and sheep):
It will arrive on the Thursday. I'd like to try it, but I don't have a clue how much to give her, or what the best method is for delivery (water, down her throat, how much).
Any guidance or help would be greatly appreciated. Many of you have helped so much without even knowing it. You all are the greatest!
Thanks in Advance!
Edited by OdieDubya - 6/18/13 at 4:55am