floppy comb, not eating, lethargic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CarolynPerth, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. CarolynPerth

    CarolynPerth Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2009
    "Boss Chook" is about 3 years old but could be more as she was "bonus" when I bought my pullets.
    She is one of 6 hens, the others all seem fine.
    Free ranging in the backyard
    She was the top bird but recently lost her place to a younger one.
    Her comb has folded over but is still red and not purplish or blue
    She is underweight judging by her keel bone which feels prominent and sharp
    Her crop is small and hard - not as big as a ping pong ball
    Not eating unless I hand feed treats
    Drinking some water when offered
    Droppings are watery and white to yellowish with smaller than usual lumps of darkish green solids
    She has a very dirty bottom with some yellowish and greenish gunk stuck to the feathers
    Not sure if she has laid recently (how to tell?)
    She has been lethargic for a few weeks and often off by herself with feathers ruffled, but seemed ok if offered food until last 3 days
    I've kept her isolated today to monitor droppings and she only passed 3 in 12 hours and ate sparsely

    No pesticides or other hazards in the yard, all birds were treated with lice and mite spray 2 weeks ago. The roost is steel and they are only in it to roost as they have free access to the entire yard at all times.

    One thought, even though they have plenty of fresh watertap water they do seem to like the pond to drink from but all other birds seem well.

    Thank you for any thoughts about what to do next.
  2. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Good job describing her symptoms. Can you get close enough to tell if she has an odor comiing from her breath that may indicate an impacted crop? I suggest keeping her separated like you are, and you might try giving her a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per gallon of water and offer her some plain yogurt. Others may have more experienced suggestions.
  3. CarolynPerth

    CarolynPerth Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2009
    No odour on her breath.

    I put her back with the others this afternoon and observed them. I think part of the problem is about the new top chook chasing this sick one away from food. Maybe this has been going on for a while and she got out of condition due to rivalry. No wonder she looks depressed!

    I'll seperate her to feed her up and keep an eye on her. She's scratching around in the garden right now.

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