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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BantyChooks, Nov 27, 2015.
awww I am sorry sweetie
omg she dose look vary scared!!! try giving her warm water. which might help her to calm down. if she dosent drink try feeding her some bread. i know most people will think this wont help but i have a feeling. is she hot? that might be why shes breathing lots?
I don't know if there's much I can do... she is a bit warm, but not super hot. It's pretty cold right now, so not heatstroke.
you think shes having a hard time laying an egg?
Not really.... I felt her belly, and nothing.
Can you see if she will drink some water with electrolytes in it. Gatorade or Pedialyte will do in a pinch. Hold a small cup or bowl up to her beak--dip her beak into the water to get her to take a drink, and then she make drink some on her own. Get her warmed up, by bringing her inside, or setting up a heat lamp. But the water is most important to try first. She could just be very dehydrated, or have a vitamin deficiency, which can look neurological like Mareks. I would feel inside her vent an inch or so for a stuck egg, just in case. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency can cause the toes to curl under.
Right now I'm just hoping for the best and waiting for morning @Eggcessive, It's too dark now to do much of anything. When I was last out I separated her and put her on a bed of shavings. I can't think straight right now, sorry if I missed any posts.
Edit: I don't have any electrolytes either. I'll get some tomorrow morning.
If she is still walking, has droopy wings and acts weak and drunk, she may have coccidia. If it is cold where you are, the cold will definitely cause a sick chicken to go into shock. She NEEDS to be in a warm place.
This hen really does need to be in a warm place, 80-85 degrees is ideal. If she stays outside there is a very good chance the cold will kill her.
I'll be going to get her then. Question, can any diseases from chickens be transmitted to dogs, rabbits or guinea pigs? I have those critters in my basement and don't want to get them sick. Thanks.