2 SICK HENS!!!!!

Hwlchickmama

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Jun 12, 2011
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Went out this morning to 2 hens hunkered down on the roost looking ill, both seem to have full crops one seems very pale and they both have there heads pulled in and eyes closed!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!?!?!?
 

Triple Willow

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Went out this morning to 2 hens hunkered down on the roost looking ill, both seem to have full crops one seems very pale and they both have there heads pulled in and eyes closed!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!?!?!?

If the crops were full before you fed them could they have impacted crops? Check into that and egg binding. I really don't know, just a ssuggestion. Maybe somebody with more experience will help you.
 

Hwlchickmama

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Jun 12, 2011
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JUST LOST ONE!!!! Bright yellow loose stool eyes closed wings drooping. the one I just lost had what looked like a seizure!!!!
 

Eggcessive

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Coccidiosis might be what they have, but E.Coli infection can cause bright yellow poops. Corid would be the treatment for coccidiosis. I would get the Corid and start it immediately 2 tsp liquid or 1 1/2 tsp powder in 1 gallon water for 5-7 days. It will say for cows, but is used for chickens also. Are the crops full and squishy or hard? Check them for mites and lice under their vents and all over. If you haven't wormed them lately, I would do it soon. Are they having diarrhea? Sometimes blood is in the poop with cocci, sometimes not.
 

Hwlchickmama

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Jun 12, 2011
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It's bright yellow diarrhea.... I stared them on an antibiotic and will worm tomorrow am....my super sick hen is drinking from a spoon with medicine and honey.... She's not doing well :'(
 

cafarmgirl

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I agree, could be cocci or could be bacterial. Either way I think I'd hold off on the deworming. Internal parasites certainly cause loss of condition, pale combs/faces etc. but the decline is generally slow, not a sudden onset. I would hesitate to overwhelm already sick birds with antibiotic's and hit them with dewormer at the same time. If this is a bacterial infection you should see improvement within a few days of starting antibiotic's. If you do then you know your on the right course.

I'd get some small syringes to give them their meds so you can make sure they get the exact dose. Also make sure they stay hydrated by giving them extra fluids. Are you also treating for coccidiosis?
 

Hwlchickmama

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Jun 12, 2011
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Well the other hen passed while I was at class and I finally got in touch w/ a livestock vet. He set me up w/ the state agro dept and for $90+ they are going to do a necropsy n give me a diagnosis!!!! 90+$ well spent to save my other 12 :'(
 

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