Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by trishok8, May 30, 2008.

  1. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    I have a Buff Orph about 3 years old, adopted---to follow are her symptoms.

    Has never layed (previous owner did not know if she had or not)

    Has loss weight

    Somewhat inactive

    Empty crop

    Stands with her head close to her body

    I know if could be a million things, but I cannot figure it out. The rest of the flock is as normal as can be.

    This morning, she wanted to stay in the coop, and I carried her out, she had a bit of watermelon and then found a shady place to stand all hunched up.

    I have been unable to see her poop, which I know is a good indication of what the health issue is.

    Anyones advice would be great.
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Can't say for certain, but, she may have an impact of something below the crop. One thing is for sure-- You need to start some treatment. WATER, ESPECIALLY. Electrolytes, vitamins, and you might give even Cynthia's olive oil, bread and buttermilk treat treatment a try. Others will chime in, too.
  3. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    I would like to do everything I can before I make the expensive phone call.
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Just realized that I forgot to say b/f that your hen should be brought in for observation. That way, she's isolated from the rest in case she is contagious and you can readily observe her poo and water/feed consumption as well. You can also examine her more closely and decide a course of treatment and see how well it works.
  5. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    Have you dewormed your chicken? She sounds like she may be wasting away due to worms sapping the nutrients from her body. It certainly can't hurt to deworm her, at least as a precautionary measure.
  6. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    at 3 years old it could be several things.

    bring her in and observe droppings (if any),,please describe droppings..color and consistency.

    feel "belly" it swollen? hot? hard?
    check vent for discharge.

    follow suggestion for water and vitamins...
    if she won't can use Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins (not the one with iron)..3 drops in beak once a day for a week then taper off.

    if possible, take a fecal sample to vet for worm/protozoa test...
    could be cocci and/or worms,
    and may need antibiotic..

    is the comb pale or shriveled?
    has she been wormed?
    if so when? and what was used?

    could also be EYP..

    check eyes for wetness, drainage or swelling
    check for wheezing or any breath sounds.
  7. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    Thank you all so much for your input.

    I did bring her in and observe her. I did give her electrolytes and on Saturday morning she was back to her normal self.

    I'm wondering if she is getting into something in the yard that just doesn't agree with her.

    I will keep you all posted, and thank again for your concern and responses.

  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I sounds like she may have been dehydrated for some reason. You did good!! Hope she continues to mend...
  9. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    I never thought of that!!!

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