Advice needed!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nikkim81, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. nikkim81

    nikkim81 New Egg

    Mar 20, 2016
    Hi new chicken enthusiast here with a big issue! So I have an injured 13 week old, barred rock hen. Let me first say I do have a vet apt scheduled this afternoon. Introductions into my existing flock ( 6 hens, 6 months old) did not go over so well, on my second attempt. They have been living side by side for weeks. I have followed all the guidelines and still on my second attempt by day 2, i wound up with a hen whos head/neck area pecked. I of course removed her and her buddy placed both of them in my garage in seperate dog crates, with free time outside during the day. My injured hen was treated w blu kote initially hoping to keep her buddy from pecking her, but to be safe i seperated them anyway. Im on day 3 now, this little hen keeps me feeling the ups and downs. One second shes eating a little ( yogurt, bananas, scrambled eggs) and drinking a good amount ( just added honey to the water) but next second her posture scares me: she can no longer stand easily, eyes closed but alert when need be, a tad slumped with feathers out. She has passed some greenish poo which from what I read is lack of nourishment. Is there any coming back from this? Will an antibiotic really work wonders or has too much time passed? I want to be humane and do whats right, she just keeps throwing me through the loop and remaining hopeful, but my gut tells me to end her pain. Shes so young so I didnt want to give up on her! Please any input and experiences appreciated!
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I am hoping you will update with diagnosis from your vet. Hope she will recover [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - like D/Diva - I hope that the vet managed to sort everything out.

    Best wishes
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens! I am sorry this is not on a happier note. I would give her a chance, I had a 2 week old chick slice from the base if her head to two thirds of the way down her back, and the amazing little chicken pulled through, there were times I did not think she would make it, but after a week and a half of not knowing what would be humane or not, she finally started looking better. Good luck with her and let us know what the vet had to say!
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I definitely think taking her to the vet is the right decision. What you're describing are very generalized symptoms that could be caused by practically anything, which is usually when a vet's advice is required.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hell from Kansas, Nikki, and :welcome. Great to have you with us! Hope your bird is okay. Good luck to you! :)

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