Emergency - lonely depressed chicken in Portland, OR needs mate

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pruegg, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Pruegg

    Pruegg Hatching

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    We have had a happy brood of two chickens for the last four years. They have been inseparable friends. Just this week one of them appears to have a stroke, and we have removed her from the coop to keep her in isolation and see if she gets better. Fearing the worst since they are both five, we are seeking another hen to introduce to our single hen in the coop to counter any loneliness/anxiety she may be feeling from her friend being removed. It is the off season so we are not sure how to locate another hen. Have tried searching craigslist but found no postings so we thought maybe someone who reads this thread may be able to offer help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Sorry about hour hen. Is your sick hen paralyzed on one side, including the leg and wing? Were they vaccinated for Mareks disease? Is there any way you can keep the two together, even separating the sick hen in a crate if she is getting picked on? Your state thread might be a good place to find another hen, but I would wait a bit to see if this could turn out to be Mareks disease. Older hens also can have salpingitis and cancer which can affect the legs and walking.
     
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  3. Trimurtisan

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    Sorry ro read about your chicken. To go along with the above... You could try posting an ISO thread in the rehome section found here...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/animals-in-need-of-free-re-homing.16182/
     
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  4. Pruegg

    Pruegg Hatching

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    Thanks for the link. Was worried about Maerecks. She appears to no longer be able to see out of one eye and hasn’t eaten or drunk for days. Wanted to keep her isolated in case it was contagious. But as she’s an older bird it may just be her time. No signs of paralysis.
     
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  5. Eggcessive

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    Could you post a picture of her bad eye? Is the iris color duller or is the pupil round or irregular shaped? Is her eye swollen or closed? Since Mareks is spread in the feather dust and dander, if she has it, it is all over your coop and wherever they walked around. No need to spearste her at this point. If one has it, the other is exposed and a carrier, whether she shows symptoms or not. But hopefully, it is not Mareks at all. Can she move both legs and wings? Is she able to eat and drink?
     
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  6. Pruegg

    Pruegg Hatching

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    I’ve posted her two half’s. One is alert and normal. The other she doesn’t react when we approach from that side and seems to have a he’s tome finding food and water. Moves slowly and cautiously but no paralysis.
     

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  7. Eggcessive

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    The right eye looks more dilated than the left, which could be the lighting or possibly a cataract. Does the black pupil have any cloudiness to it, like in the picture below? The chicken in the picture had mycoplasma (MG,) a respiratory disease, and it can cause a bit of a sunken eye appearance as well.
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  8. glassdragonfly

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    :welcome So sorry for your hen. :hugs
     

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