Chicken seems very listless and constantly shaking its head ideas

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by arsenal113, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. arsenal113

    arsenal113 New Egg

    Jun 19, 2011

    The chicken is about a year old a susssex light her comb and face is very pale pink tail feathers are hanging down, she is not interacting with the other birds. We do seem to have discovered a red mite infestation which we are treating, please help with any ideas.

    thanks in advance

  2. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    not sure what the problem is as it could be many things. With the shaking head, check the chicken very closely.

    Heres a checklist you should do to help everyone get a better idea whats going on and a better solution to your poor hen's problems:

    How long as this chicken acted listless?

    Eyes : are they clear? Watery? Bubbly? Swollen? Keeping them shut?
    Nose: Draining/runny? If yes, is the discharge clear or colored? Is the nose plugged up with 'crust' or 'boogers'??
    Mouth : COLOR : is the color pinkish? very pale? Yellow? Smell : does it smell like grain, sickly sweet, or foul and pungent?

    Body: Is she light like she hasn't been eating much lately? Feel like a normal body weight?

    Crop (lower neck/upper chest) : do you feel the full ball shape or no solid mass at all?

    Quick simple solutions to help perk her up : Seperate from the flock and give her sugar or honey in her water. (if possible its best to add vitamin/electrolyte solution to add - feedstores always have some type you can add to water - even wal-mart baby electrolytes would work) this should help keep her hydrated and perk her up. it could possibly be the heat got to her and shes dehydrated....

    sorry i couldn't be of more help!
  3. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Sounds like mites to me, possibly in the ears. I'd go in hard on the mite killer and see if there's any change x
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida

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