3 year old chicken breathing hard with pale comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by snowgoer, May 25, 2011.

  1. snowgoer

    snowgoer Hatching

    Jun 15, 2009
    My chicken is slowly dying. Last week I noticed her cheek was getting pale and her breathing was getting labored. Now her face has lost all of it's color and
    her wing are droopy and her breathing is getting bad. I thought in was mites so I dusted her and I have given her avia charger in her water. I don't see any mites
    but what would cause the blood lose on her face? I lost a chicken in the middle of winter with the same problems. And that chicken had mites crawling on her when
    she was dying. They (mites)even bit me. I've cleaned the coops and dusted everything, about 2 months ago when I lost the first chicken.

    My chicken died. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You must retreat for mites in around 10 days or so to kill the hatching eggs.

    Mites and worms can drag a chicken down and kill them.


    I don't know about the labored breathing- hopefully someone can give you some more ideas.
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  3. Roo on Harley

    Roo on Harley Chirping

    May 25, 2011
    Protect the other flock [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Quote:It sounds like she was infested with mites and she could be anemic because of the blood loss. I recommend that you immediately provide her with scrambled egg mixed with buttermilk to eat. Buy some poultry nutri drench at the feed store and give her 2 or 3 drops orally from the bottle and some in her water. Nutri drench is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Scrambled egg as extra protein to help rebuild her strength and buttermilk as a probiotic to help rebuild her immune system. Also, keep and eye on her poop for anything abnormal looking; green or yellow poop or both could be trouble. Check it for worms as well.
    Continue with the scrambled egg/buttermilk mixture til she gets better. Stop the nutri drench drops (orally)after the second day, it can cause diarrhea, but continue in her water for 5 days, then stop and replace with freshwater. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of freshwater thereafter.

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