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Chicken can't stand up

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Hi all,
New member here. We have a 4 year old hen that we found lying on her side this morning. She was very lethargic. Actually thought she was dead when we first found her. It was about 34 degrees last night and she was lying outside so she was cold. We brought her in, put her in a box by the stove and warmed her up. Also forced a little water down. She is a bit more responsive this evening (eyes open and head upright instead of slumped over). However she still does not seem to be able to stand. We saw her poop once today. It was dark, stinking and very soft--kind of like tar. She doesn't seem interested in eating. I tried feeling her craw and it seems soft. Don't know if she's been laying as we have 4 hens and the share nesting sites. Appreciate any help.

post #2 of 14

i don't know for sure, she sound really sick. Kepp her isolated so if she has anything contagoius it doesn't spread. I always try to get them out of a slump with sugar water and then antibiotic.

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post #3 of 14
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We'll try to get some antibiotic tomorrow. Thanks

post #4 of 14

heres a bump up...

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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post #5 of 14

It seems that sometimes chickens (particularly the heavy breeds) lose the ability to stand up a lot.  There's a Buff Orp on www.hencam.com that just sat around for months and is now back to normal...

I hope your hen isn't sick.

post #6 of 14
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Thanks. This may not apply as the chicken is a fairly small hen. Not heavy at all. She still can't stand up this morning. Also seem to keep her head pulled far back with neck pushed forward. When she tries to stand up she tends to roll to one-side. Almost like she has vertigo.

post #7 of 14

I am going through the very same thing with one my hens. I'm at a loss now she just lays and doesn't really move at all.  Good Luck!

post #8 of 14

I have a 7 week pullet that I found 2 days ago, laying on her side, unable to stand  and I have been told that she has Mareks Disease, so that may be what you are dealing with also.

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post #9 of 14
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Interesting. I did some reading on Marek's Disease. It seems that it often occurs in young birds. My chickens are about 4 years old. However, sounds like it can occur in an older flock as well. If this is what the hen has, then I suspect I'm going to see it show up on other chickens as well. Everything I read says it is highly contagious. Hoping this isn't what she has but the paralysis symptom certainly sounds suspicious. Thanks for the lead.

post #10 of 14

I think your initial suspicion of hypothermia was correct... you need to warm her up and keep her at ideal  temps (round 80 degrees preferabley) in a draft free temp stable and quiet area.. you should put electrolytes in the waterer and the water should be lukewarm... make electrolyte solution fresh daily and do not feed anything dry ... you can cook in water some human oatmeal and add just enough through her feed so it is moist and clumps together.    Unless she show s symptoms of respiratory illness or such that recquires antibiotics then do not give her antibiotics.  You can also give her three drops of POLYVISOL Enfamil formulation (childrens A-B-D3 liquid vitamins) in beak once a day for a week and taper off the next.  Offer a live culture yogurt free choice.


Edited by dlhunicorn - 10/17/08 at 12:54am
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