Help!! Chicken hissing, sitting and comb is purple!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HallChicks, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. HallChicks

    HallChicks In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2007
    I noticed a couple of days ago that one of my ladies was hissing and sounded like an old man trying to catch his breath (we just moved and with 4 kids 6 and under I could not get out there any earlieR- now I feel terrible!!). Today another is sick and they are both sitting on the ground with their eyes closed and their combs are purple!! HELP!! What is it??? What can I do? We only have four ladies and I would hate to lose 2!
  2. Lea71

    Lea71 Songster

    I'm no expert but my Storey's Guide to raising chickens states that a purplish head can be a sign of septicemia (infection got into the blood stream). Can be caused by cholera, colibacillus, or streptococcosis.
    I hope everything turns out okay....good luck. [​IMG]
    Calling all chicken experts out there.....
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I don;t know how to help... try searching for purple comb and see what you find... search especially within the injury/sickness section. Hopefully you will find what you need, or someone who can help will come along soon!
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I would try to give them some Terramycin or something close to that right away just to see if you can save them. What do you all think??? I hope they are ok!

  5. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Could you give us more details about the enviroment that they are in?
  6. HallChicks

    HallChicks In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2007
    We just moved into a new house- we have no fence or grass- just dirt. The pen is 10x5 and we only have 4 ladies. We used to let them out (last week at our last house), but cannot here so they have been a bit cooped up (no pun intended...).

    So we have them in their pen on dirt and they have been like that for about a week. My daughter just went out and noticed they have mites. I have not dusted them lately because I thought they were taking care of this themselves in our old yard. I saw them rolling in the dry soil. Could this contribute to the problem???

  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Do they have shade? Have they had access to water at all times? The purple comb and the hissing would lead me to believe that it is some sort of breathing issues. What is the temp like there? (not sure where you are located) Did you make sure there was nothing in the new coop that they could have gotten into?

    I would take the 2 that are sick inside, if possible, and put them in a cool dark room. If you have some vitamins and elecrolyts then I would start them on that. If you do not you can give them gatorade or pedalyte.
  8. HallChicks

    HallChicks In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2007
    Thank you for your advice! The chickens do have lots of water and shade..... I phoned about 15 vets this morning and finally found one that knew a little about chickens. I got some anibiotics and had to inject them into my chickens!- that was crazy!!! Our beautiful Wyndotte dominant female has since died- she died just after we picked her up. I think the stress of that was just too much for her. We all cried.

    I just hope the other one makes it.... We are keeping our fingers crossed.
  9. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    is there a coop?

    could it be from inhaling dust?
    or any chemicals in the dirt?

    what antibiotic are you giving?

    hope the others get better..
    sorry for the loss of your hen.
  10. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I am not sure what it is but I hope all goes well. Good luck!


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