HALF DEAD HEN :C HELP ME

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by xLennyx, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. xLennyx

    xLennyx Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a four year old black australorp who seems to be half dead. I have been away at college and came back today to see her due to my father saying she looked ill. She has lost all her weight..and has no strength to move her feet--so when I put her down her feet is all curled up and wont move. She ate some of an apple..but would not eat her own food. Her rear end smells incredibly horrid and I also have noticed there is this green dusty mold of some sorts all old food that has been scattered around.I have no idea what it is Can someone please help me...she is in my house right now sleeping.
     
  2. zebraffe4231

    zebraffe4231 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you can get her to a vet I would do that asap. otherwise try and give her some electro lights recipe:
    1/2 teaspoon salt substitute
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon table salt
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 gallon water

    Also get rid of all the old food and do a full cleaning of the coop and keep an eye on the other birds
     
  3. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not a disease expert. You mentioned foul smell from her rump. Did you happen to check her for Fly Strike (maggots) or an infected wound? I would find the cause of the odor first. Hopefully, if you repost, an expert can assist you if it's not fly strike or an infected injury. We'll wait for an update. Best of luck with her.
     
  4. xLennyx

    xLennyx Out Of The Brooder

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    I have checked around- especially her rump and it looks clear..I really have no idea why she smells so bad there...Im clueless.
     
  5. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since there was moldy feed, I would treat for fungal infection. You might want to rule out Marek's as well since she's having difficulty walking. Here's a link. http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/neoplasms/mareks_disease_in_poultry.html
    Could you glove up and rule out egg-binding? I hesitate to recommend that as it could stress her. I'm doing my best here for you but hope an educator catches the ball. If you'll reply "Still need help" as the first sentence, that's what shows up in the forum. I'm rooting for you!
     
  6. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    If @Eggcessive comes online, she is a great resource.
     
  7. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get rid of that moldy food. If she has been consuming moldy food she could have an internal fungal infection. That could explain the nasty rear and foul smell and the weight loss. I think they are called Mycotoxin infections, but not entirely sure. Hard to treat. You might start doing some online research on fungal problems in chickens. I'm not saying that is her problem, but with the moldy food you found all around, it's a possibility. Here is a link with some information that may help:

    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/chicken-fungal-infections
     
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  8. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    ^^^ X2. Like I suggested, "Since there was moldy feed, I would treat for fungal infection."
     
  9. xLennyx

    xLennyx Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you- I will definitely do what I can- that is what I assumed as well...because the green stuff is new and I had a feeling that was why she got ill very quickly. I will continue to update.
     
  10. xLennyx

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    My hen was not able to make it- she died 10/7 I was going to treat for fungal infection, but it was too late. Thank you all for the help.
     

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