28 week hen...suddenly lethargic....where do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by schmunko, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. schmunko

    schmunko Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2011
    I am a new chicken owner. I have 10 hens, all 28 weeks & bought at the same time. One is suddenly lethargic this afternoon. I have no clue where to start to address what's wrong. [​IMG] She's a Barred Rock, 28 weeks, she's laying (not sure about today). My chickens have a large coop and big enclosed outdoor pin in which to run daily. They also have chicken recess each afternoon for a few hours in which to truly free range. I keep everything very clean and refreshed. They have a great life....lemme tell ya! The weather has started to cool quite a bit lately so I know heat is not an issue anymore.

    She does have runny poop. When I let them out for recess today, they all ran across the yard to their favorite area and she just stood there. I carried her to the area, put her down and she stood there and eventually slowly walked to the sunny area, layed down and closed her eyes. I tried to feed her treats and offered her water out of a small water feeder. She just turned her head away.

    Where do I start? The only vet around here charges $104 to see/exam a chicken.....[​IMG]
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Has she been dewormed? Any blood in her stool? Any other symptoms?
  3. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2009
    This is a tough one. If you are sure she isn't just sleepy, (I've scared myself a couple of times thinking my girl was sick when she was actually just sleepy) then I would segregrate her immediately. All you can do is watch and wait for more symptoms to manifest. I would give some scrambled eggs and yogurt for a treat to see if she perks back up. Without any other symptoms, all you can do is keep an eye on her and the others. Everyday, I spend a few minutes just looking for any different behavour. This is a good thing to do, but I have caused myself undue alarm by being so hyper-vigilent. I'm going to cross my fingers for you and hope that she was just 'tired'.
  4. schmunko

    schmunko Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2011
    She has not been dewormed. I have checked the poop in the yard and under the roost and it all looks normal. I know that's not always indicative of worms though...
    There is not any blood in stools.
    She won't eat. I tried boiled egg and fruit. I held it right to her beak and she just turns her head away or sits there....will try yogurt today. I have gotten her to drink a few sips every couple of hours but it's only because I hold her in my arms and put the water dish right up to her beak. She will take a few sips and then sit there.
    I have separated her from the other chickens. She's still in the coop but just in a large cage in the tack room. She just sits down and sleeps.

    One odd thing she does is when I hold her, she keeps one eye closed and one eye open. Does this mean anything?!

    I feel sooo helpless. [​IMG] I wish I knew where to even start? Should I give her antibiotics? Should I treat the rest of my chickens?

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