Chicken with a fever

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LCasselman, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. LCasselman

    LCasselman New Egg

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    Hi there,

    I'm new to the world of chickens, we have 6 Rhode Island Reds that we got in April. So this is our first winter with them. We haven't had cold weather at all until this past week or so. I noticed one day that it looked like a few of the girls had some frostbite on their combs, so I've been putting Vaseline on them daily or every second day. I have no idea if that's related or not but it's the only thing that's changed recently. When I was applying the Vaseline this morning I noticed that one of the girls' comb was really hot to the touch. Compared to all the others, she felt feverish. I changed out their litter and she jumped in the box and started dust bathing and I noticed that she seemed to be trembling, as if she's cold and shivering, but it's really not all that cold today and I checked and none of the other birds were doing it. I also noticed that after I put the Vaseline on her comb she immediately started scratching at it and there's a dime sized bald patch on her head right beside her comb where she's scratching at the Vaseline. I checked her over as best I could though and didn't see any sign of injury or anything that looks infected.

    Do chickens get fevers? Any thoughts on what this might be? I can't really separate her from the others, or she would certainly freeze without the body heat and deep litter of the coop.

    Thanks for any advice!
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is she holding her wings away from her body? Panting? Chickens will do this when they are overheated. A lot of times when a hen is feeling unwell they will pull their head in close to their body and not move around much. The fact that she went happily along to a dust bath is good! The trembling could just be the dispersing of the dust bath through her feathers.

    That being said, I'm no expert! Here is a thread where "chicken fever" was discussed and one of our very experienced members posted;

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1050386/temperature-fever
     
  3. LCasselman

    LCasselman New Egg

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    Thank you! :)
     
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're welcome!

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