Help! My Hen is Acting Strange!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Thunder Bird, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Thunder Bird

    Thunder Bird Out Of The Brooder

    My hen, Dutch Bantam, is acting strange and I'm positive that she has mites in her or something, but i'm not an expert. She isn't pooping as much, always unbalanced and can't jump. Once I went to close the door on the chicken's pen, and I only found her sister, Raven, in there looking sad. I went around with my dad and found her behind the pen, looking like a clump of grass. My geuss is because she was to weak to jump that 3 inch gap between the ground and the door. She's eating regularly, and doesn't show pain while she eats.

    So she isn't pooping as much, unbalanced and can't jump.

    Any ways how I can help her and why she is this way?
     
  2. huntingirl

    huntingirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have any injuries?
     
  3. Thunder Bird

    Thunder Bird Out Of The Brooder

    no injuries
     
  4. huntingirl

    huntingirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Id say take her to the vet
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    How old is she? Pick her up and check her over carefully, see if you can see mites or lice, see if she's lost weight or if she has any swelling, bloating, lumps or bumps. If you think she has mites have you treated her for it? Has she ever been dewormed? Mites and internal parasites can weaken a chicken a lot. If you haven't treated for those things then that's where I'd start with her. If she does have mites then you need to treat all your birds as well as your coop. On the birds you can use Garden and Poultry dust from Tractor Supply, Adams flea/tick spray for pets works very well too. Strip out the coop, spray it well with something like Sevin or Insectrin. You have to repeat the treatment on the birds and the coop in 7 to 10 days, that is the hatch cycle for mites. If you don't retreat the mite eggs hatch and you are right back at square one.

    With all that said, there are a lot of possible things this could be. Going to the vet is certainly a good idea if that is an option for you and you have access to an avian vet. A non avain vet will likely be of very little help. Sometimes all you can do is start by ruling out the most common possibilities and go on from there.
     
  6. Thunder Bird

    Thunder Bird Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks or the replies everyone, but she's dead now. Turkey died around mid-morning. I buried her in the afternoon without anyone's help because they all hate the two hens. Turkey's sister, Raven, is alone now, but she's starting out okay, only more lonely, bored, and sad
     

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