- Jun 7, 2009
The hen in question is a dominicker, about 2 years old. I have had her in a large dog crate in the house for 5 days, after we noticed she seemed to have lost interest in food and was having bright green, mostly liquid droppings. We started observing that there seemed to be a problem 7 days ago. She is alert, walks around in the cage and, makes "chicken noises" when she sees the rest of the flock outside the window. She drinks, but will hardly eat anything. Our flocks regular diet is Purina layer pellets and vegetable scraps. I have tried boiled egg, warm oatmeal mash, fresh homemade bread, raw liver, kefir, apple. She eats very little on her own, but will sometimes eat a little when we hold the food out to her. Her crop seems to be empty, and I don't see a stuck egg (not sure exactly how to check that, but I poked around on her lower abdomen). I put piperazine in her drinking water yesterday to see if she expels any worms. The droppings are still just liquid with bright green mucuous. Would I be able to see worms in the droppings if that has any effect? I don't know what to do with her. She doesn't seem sick enough to cull, but she doesn't seem to be improving either. I need advice.