Almost 9 year old hen, are these just signs of old age?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kelly FG, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My original flock is nearing their ninth birthday. 3 out of 8 ladies remain. 2 are buff orps that look and act like they are young. In fact one of them hatched out her first babies this summer.
    The third is my lovely Genevieve, she's an Ameracauna. She's always been small but she's really thin now. Her toes are all twisted they look like old lady hands, she doesn't scratch or dust bathe anymore so she got mites but I treated that. She keeps getting stuff in one eye every few weeks that causes it to close up. Also she seems so limp, like she's a little droopy. She spends most everyday sleeping, sometimes she just falls asleep wherever she's standing or even when she's eating. One night last year she didn't go in the coop at night, I found her sleeping under my deck. She sleeps on the floor of the coop now, she laid two eggs this summer ( both on the floor) which was a big surprise to me because I thought she was done laying. she still loves to eat and drink and will run and practically fly across the yard for corn. She still knows her name. She doesn't get picked on, in fact she's pretty feisty with the babies when it's feed time if they get in her way. I tell everyone she has chicken dementia.
    I'm in NY and our winter was just terrible last year. I'm concerned she won't be able to survive another winter but I'm more concerned that she's got an ailment I can fix somehow.
    Or is it really just old age?
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It may be her time and I agree that a harsh winter might be the last straw. I recommend that you provide her comfort care and probiotics such as Probios. One or two drops of Poultry Nutri Drench given orally via eyedropper once a day for 3 days should help provide vitamins and minerals to boost her strength. The Probios will help build up her immune system. Good luck.
     
  3. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great advice! Thank you!
     

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