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  1. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you very much for your inspirational and very informative post! It's truly valuable to read about other's experiences and lessons learned. And I feel like this is the only forum I've been in so far where people share their opinions with empathy and respect towards each other, regardless of...
  2. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you so much for your kind words! ❤ You made my day. 😊
  3. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you, I was really sad... I have a soft spot for all the submissive hens in the flock and having her close and caring for her these last couple of days made me bond to her even more. Sadly, it's a risk one must be willing to undertake when rescuing those hens I suppose. :( But it's...
  4. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you very much for this detailed and informative response... Sadly, the hen died this morning. I could've made an appointment with the vet in the afternoon, but it was too late. Now I know I have to deal with the issue immediately without any postponing and ideally go straight to vet if I...
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    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you! I will post an update after I'll know more.
  6. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you - I checked the crop this morning and it was fine - small and harder from the food she ate shortly before I checked it. I brought her out this morning just so she can get some fresh air and see the other hens - I was hoping that by seeing the familiar water station, she would drink -...
  7. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I was just thinking - when I was carrying her from the coop to the box, I felt as if her crop is full, but it was like very soft... More like a balloon filled with water, which was surprising considering she wasn't eating beforehand. If she would have some obstruction in her throat though, she...
  8. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    It's a thyme, rosemary and oregano mixture - I didn't have aniseed, but I do have fennel seeds. I haven't realized I could add them as well. I guess I still can.
  9. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I will try it, thank you! I was slightly concerned that I haven't seen her drinking today (I could usually tell because I saw wet marks in her feed) and she seemed a little dehydrated. I wonder if she is not fond of the herb brew. I provided her with a jar of clean water and she didn't drink...
  10. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I cooked it for an hour, but I haven't added salt as I was afraid that I would put too much and it could hurt her, since I don't really know what's wrong and you mentioned the kidneys...
  11. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    So I tried to sprinkle it as you suggested and she immediately showed interest, however, when she tried it and pecked at it, she was shaking her head a lot and didn't seem to like it. She stopped trying shortly after. :/ Maybe the worms will work better. But it seems she doesn't like the carrot...
  12. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I will try that, thank you. :) I will buy some worms on Monday as soon as they open the local pet store. She really seemed to enjoy that one I found.
  13. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    The hen seemed much more lively in the morning - she was quite vocal, actively seeking the feed when I was about to change it, she ate some and by chance, I found a worm that was hidden in the straw she is on (very similar to mealworm) and she immediately pecked on it and ate it. This was...
  14. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you! ❤ I was really sad when I found the hen yesterday... The thought that she will not get to experience spring and summer... But as you wrote, even those two weeks of living a normal life, experiencing outdoors and compassion is something that is worth it, even if it would be just a...
  15. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you for these kind words, it warmed my heart... ❤
  16. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I only have fresh rosemary and oregano in my garden (also thyme, the article is talking about some benefits of this herb as well, so maybe I will add it too), but better something than nothing!
  17. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    Thank you for reminding me! I am going to make it right away, both the soup and the tea. Fingers crossed!
  18. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    So you would rule out any other issues, such as bacterial infections or other more simple diseases? She is pooping more now and it's all but that whitish liquid substance. I didn't know about these disorders.. But it's no wonder taking into account the horrible conditions they live in those...
  19. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    They are not very keen on eating anything but the feed and sunflower seeds so far. As they were used to eat nothing else but some feed mix their entire life, so mealworms would not work, unfortunately. The strongest one eats earthworms, bugs and everything she can find and the one that died...
  20. VlkStinu

    Rescued chicken not coming out of a coop and barely eating

    I see... I was thinking of other causes such as heart failure and something that couldn't be foreseen or prevented. She seemed to be strong until the very last moment. Is there anything more I could do for the other hen apart from what I already did? I take it that drinking and eating (and...
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