Help! I think my hen is dying!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WVmom, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. WVmom

    WVmom New Egg

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    I went to the chicken coop this morning and found one of my hens lying in the floor of the coop. Her eyes are closed, she is barely moving, and her breathing is very labored. I've seen no signs of her being sick before today. Is there anything I can try to do to help her? I hate seeing her suffering and I have no idea what could be wrong. All the other chickens seem fine right now.
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:I wish I knew. Any changes since this morning? How old is she? If she is of laying age, did you check for egg binding? I'm hoping someone can offer you some advice.
    Best wishes.
     
  3. WVmom

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    Quote:I wish I knew. Any changes since this morning? How old is she? If she is of laying age, did you check for egg binding? I'm hoping someone can offer you some advice.
    Best wishes.

    Thank you. She passed away this afternoon. [​IMG] This morning, I was in such a rush I didn't even go into much detail about her. She was a Barred Rock, almost 1 1/2 yrs old, and a good layer. We've lost 4 chickens to predators, but we've never had one of our hens get sick like this. It was just so fast! Thankfully, my other chickens seem alright for the time being.
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:I wish I knew. Any changes since this morning? How old is she? If she is of laying age, did you check for egg binding? I'm hoping someone can offer you some advice.
    Best wishes.

    Thank you. She passed away this afternoon. [​IMG] This morning, I was in such a rush I didn't even go into much detail about her. She was a Barred Rock, almost 1 1/2 yrs old, and a good layer. We've lost 4 chickens to predators, but we've never had one of our hens get sick like this. It was just so fast! Thankfully, my other chickens seem alright for the time being.

    Oh, for Heaven's sake. I'm so sorry.
     
  5. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry for your loss! [​IMG]

    Have you thought about sending her for post-mortem exam? It may help you know what caused this, and prevent issues with your remaining hens...[​IMG]
     
  6. WVmom

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    Thank you both! We are going to do our best to find out what was wrong with her. I certainly don't want to lose any more of my girls like this!
     
  7. downstownlady

    downstownlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry.
     
  8. Jarsheart

    Jarsheart Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through. Generally speaking, when birds exhibit signs of illness, it is almost already too late to help them. Not that it stops me from doing everything possible and hoping for a good outcome. I am sorry that was not the case for you.
     

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