8 month old Leghorn Hen with a Snot drip


In the Brooder
Sep 8, 2020
HI, I have a roughly 8 month old hen who (Chocobo) was found standing on one foot during feeding time. Then she was trampled by her siblings and wouldn't get back up. She was eating but we brung her in the house and checked her over. I think she is a little under weight. No injuries, She didn't want to stand and wanted to sleep. Thought she wouldn't last the night and I didn't know why. She did this head shake thing, my brother said she was choking. Then she was fine. Gave her a bath. She just wanted to sleep. Blow dried her feathers and she started eating while the warm air blew over her. Put a little vaseline on her comb. She was always the one with the droopy comb. Started to have a little hope. She didn't wanna stand still. Checked her clean feet and legs no sores or injuries. Kept her in the house over night. This morning she is bright eyed, standing / walking / occasional fluffs and flaps. She's been drinking and eating. Then I noticed a little puddle near her bowl, thought she puked up water. She pecked at it and it was thick like mucus. Cleaned it up. Watched her drop more snot later while she ate. She gets noticeably tired but not napping like yesterday. Gonna keep her inside till the drip stops.

It was 27 degrees outside last night, but no signs of problems with her siblings.

1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Leghorn Hen, purchased last spring, Roughly 8 months, Bonier than she should be.
2) What is the behavior, exactly. Primarily a snot drip
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 2 days
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? no
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. nope
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Cold? perhaps she wasn't getting as much food.
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Chicken feed fortified for egg layers. Water. (sometimes leftover Veggies from us and the neighbors)
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. First poop was watery, last night normal firm round brown with a lil white. Today firm, then a watery poop and then just firm.
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Examined her physically, wont let me see in her beak and I'm too scared of hurting her to force it. Thought I might have to force water but she drank today. So observation, food / water, separated from her siblings, some apple cider vinegar in her water. Cleaning up snot and poop.
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? I would prefer to treat her at home.
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Shows her being sleepy on day 1 and wanting to know what my camera is today.
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. An outdoor unheated coop with covered yard with hay bedding. (we live outside San Antonio, Texas. 100+ - 20 degrees F) We have a digital thermostat that records and displays the coops temperature to a receiver in my living room, so we can make changes if the temp spikes.


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How is your coop ventilation? Make sure the coop is dry, no ammonia odor from excessive droppings, not too hot, and good overhead ventilation from one end to the other. That is the best way to prevent respiratory diseases. How long have you had your chickens?

Head shaking and nasal drainage can be a sign of a respiratory infection. Those can be bacterial, viral, or fungal. Is she sneezing? Is there any bubbles or foam in her eye?Could she be adjusting her crop? They can do a head roll and stretch the neck if they have something sticking in their crops.

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