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Building up strength after illness

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LizFlowers, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. LizFlowers

    LizFlowers New Egg

    Apr 27, 2016
    My lovely hen has had diarrhea for a week. She is lethargic and has mostly stopped eating. She will only eat cucumber and water given to her from a pipette. I have diluted Verm-X supplement in the water.
    What can I feed her to build up her strength?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You need to find out what's wrong with her. At least get a fecal sample read. Diarrhea is usually something intestinal (worms, bacteria) but could be something more serious like TB, influenza, colibacillosis, strep.
    What color is the diarrhea?
    You're not going to be able to get enough energy and protein in her the way you're going.
    In the mean time, try some yogurt for the protein and probiotics.
    A lethargic chicken is very very sick. They hide illness well.

    Be ready to send her to the state poultry lab for necropsy if she dies. How many other birds do you have? What state are you in?
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
  3. LizFlowers

    LizFlowers New Egg

    Apr 27, 2016
    Thanks for that. I will try the probiotic yoghurt.

    I have 3 other hens and they are all fine. I have isolated the sick hen. She was eating worms yesterday (which I provided) which is protein isn't it?

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