Can't figure out what's wrong with my sick hen......

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alexandra33, May 26, 2016.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've noticed for a few days that my Black Ameraucana hen has been lethargic, won't eat or drink well, developed a pale face and comb, and now poops runny, bright yellow diarrhea. She doesn't have a squishy abdomen that could indicate EYP, and I just wormed the flock. If anyone could help me diagnose her, I would really appreciate it!

    ~Alex
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How old is she? Is the poop bright yellow, or yellowish brown? E.coli infection can cause bright yellow droppings. Light yellow droppings can sometimes be egg material. Has she lost any weight through her breast area? Has she been wormed recently? Can you try feeding her some chopped egg, tuna, or some yogurt along with adding water to a small amount of her feed to try and coax her to eat and drink. Do you have some SaveAChick or other electrolytes to add to the water?
     
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for responding! I would describe her droppings as the color of yellow mustard, which is pretty bright. I can get pictures here tonight. She does seem to have lost a little weight in that area, especially now that she's not eating. I wormed them about 3-4 days ago, though I don't know how much of the wormed she ingested because she's been off her food and water. Yep! I can certainly do that; I've been giving her yogurt mixed with feed and Nutri-drench so far. I sure do have save-a-chick, and will be sure to add some to her water. [​IMG]

    ~Alex
     
  4. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I completely forgot to tell you how old she is! [​IMG] Boo is almost a year of age.

    ~Alex
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Nutri-drench is fine for the vitamins and electrolytes-- SaveAChick is not necessary. Do you have a vet who could prescribe some antibiotics to treat for possible E.coli? Enrofloxacin or Baytril can be purchased online as well, but a vet would be of much help in diagnosing her problem. You could also get a fecal float done for certain worms. E.coli may cause egg peritonitis and spread all over the body. It doesn't have a good outcome normally.
     
  6. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful advice, @Eggcessive ! I appreciate it more than you know. [​IMG] I am pleased to report that, out of the blue, Boo made a complete recovery. I honestly thought she wasn't going to make it, but I never even had a chance to give her antibiotics before she got better. The prayers, as usual, did wonders. [​IMG]

    ~Alex
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You are welcome. Glad she is much better.
     

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