Help Please!! Hen broke her Brood and Is now Lethargic, Not eating.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by zephyr66, May 2, 2011.

  1. zephyr66

    zephyr66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Ramona, CA
    My hen went broody 3 days ago and since she has a strong broody streak, I quickly got her set up in the back of the coop with fresh litter and nice accomodations with her own nesting box. I let her out every morning with the rest at sunrise and she comes out and frantically eats, drinks, poos and often dust bathes. She also has access to her own food and water in her brood area if she wants it during the rest of the day. Today was day 3 and I went out and I noticed she was not wanting to come out and thought that was odd. She was still setting. I came back about 1/2 hour later, opened her door and she slowly came out. Instead of the normal "frenzied" eat, drink and poop" routine she normally does, she was slow, slow, slow. She didn't eat at all and just drank some water and stood around with eyes half closed. She was still "puffed up" broody style and making the broody sounds. I put her back in her area after about 20 minutes and she didnt' seem interested in setting back on her eggs. I left her brood area open and left it up to her whether she wanted to set. I came back this evening and eggs were stone cold and she was in teh corner of the run, alone still lethargic. I threw the scratch out to the hens and she was not even interested in eating it while the other hens devoured it. When they went to the roosting bars, she was not able to get up to them. She has no discharge anywhere and I checked her vent and body for mites/lice and none. She seems to want to drink but again, not interested in food. Weak, and lethargic. Any idea what this could be?? She went from normal broody to ill overnight!

  2. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    try to give her some electrolyte solution it will give her some strength, hope she gets well
  3. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    Hi Sylvia - I am experiencing the same girl Evie won't come out and when she does she won't eat or drink and stands in the corner puffed up with her eyes half closed....I thought maybe she was going into a molt as well as being broody, but now I am very worried...I have only been able to get her to eat some yogurt..and Sunday she ate a tiny bit of scrambled eggs, but nothing but a wee bit of yogurt since then...I have been giving her Polyvisol everyday for the last 3 days and no real improvement....switching to the strong Poultry Drench tonight to see if that perks her up at all...I am starting to wonder if it's something else entirely - any ideas/suggestions anyone?

    Thanks for any help!

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