2.5 YO Rhodie Hen not eating/drinking much; been very cold in NC; she was just standing fluffed up;

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Four4me, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Four4me

    Four4me New Egg

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    My 2.5 YO Rhodie Hen Betsy has the following symptoms: [​IMG]

    * As yet another cold spell hitin our area in NC, the last 3-4 days Betsy started standing fluffed up more often and not running and gobbling up scratch/oats/veg like the other 3 when I brought it.

    * Yesterday it was worse, and when I noticed her comb was discolored (purplish) compared to the other 3 and she wasn't interested in moving much, we brought her inside and set her up.

    * once she got warmed up, her tail perked up and her comb reddened.

    * I have only been able to temp her to eat/drink by dropping some oats in water dish which she will pick up. After some of this, she gets up and goes back to corner and lays down.

    * only when I "chicken whisper" to her while eating she will coo back to me, softly, a bit.

    * otherwise, she is just laying in the back being silent until I pick her up to do oats in water every few hours.

    *her feathers, feet and eyes look good. Comb is back to being red.

    *NOTE: do NOT yet notice output of poop in the aspen shavings.

    * In spite of the cold weather, other 3 hens look and are acting normal.

    I would be grateful for suggestions!! Thanks for your help. [​IMG]
     
  2. kubota girl

    kubota girl Out Of The Brooder

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    try to give her some water with a dash of sugar in it... it should perk her up. Food wise: if she stops eating take some chicken feed and water and mix it up really good(you can also put some sugar in that too) take a toothpick and put it on her tongue.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi. My last ditch effort is usually Sulfadimethoxine, which is for cocci and is an antibiotic. She may be an internal layer .
     
  4. Four4me

    Four4me New Egg

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    Thanks for the tip. Betsy molted last this summer before/after we moved, and she hasn't really laid eggs since. Before that, she's been a great layer except during molting. Can you tell me more about internal laying?
     
  5. Four4me

    Four4me New Egg

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    I'm going to try. Thanks!
     

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