Help: Hen Falling Asleep Standing Up

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nikkicoolmama, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    I noticed that my 10 month old EE hen is falling asleep standing up a lot today. Her crop isn't empty, and she's not acting sick in any other way. I don't know if it's relevant, but I have had a few strange eggs this week, one half size and 2 extremely pointy. I brought her in for observation, she's sleeping in my 10 year old daughter's arms. Any thoughts/suggestions?? THANKS!
     
  2. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    I forgot to mention that they are also molting a bit.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

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    First thing I would do is treat for coccidiosis. Your chickens are molting and probably not as resistant as usual. Try Corid or SulfaDimethoxine.
     
  4. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    I got the meds and will start tomorrow. Should I treat the whole flock (of only 5 hens) in case they all are getting it, or should i separate and treat only the one who is lethargic?
     
  5. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    BTW, I got the Corid, it seemed to be the better choice.
     
  6. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    Also, while I had her inside, she was eating and drinking and had normal stools. But was still narcoleptic.
     
  7. Treat all of your chickens.
     
  8. nikkicoolmama

    nikkicoolmama In the Brooder

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    she is much worse today. walking around with her eyes closed, puffed up feathers, empty crop, messy vent feathers. i brought her back inside to try to keep her warmer and see if i can get some med in her. she won't take it voluntarily. should i syringe feed it to her?
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Syringe feeding is too dangerous, you should tube feed fluids and keep her warm.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding

    -Kathy
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

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