HELP! Sick hen, lethagric, info provided..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimmom, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. kimmom

    kimmom Songster

    Feb 20, 2010
    We found our little bantam hen in the coop this morning shaking, laying down on the floor. When we put her down she won't walk or stand. We have hand given her some water and she took a few drops. We have NO IDEA what could be wrong with her! My 11 year old step daughter just lost her two other hens to a bear attack at her Mom's house, this is her special chicken here "Angel", we REALLY want to try and help her! Any ideas? She is laying with her eyes closed now but won't eat when offered any treats or anything.
    Here is more info, she did just get up and start walking around a bit

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Bantam White leghorn, will be 1 in Sept, not sure weight (very light as she was broddy and raised a chick last month
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. won't walk much just tried (limping a bit), laying with eyes closed, lethargic
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? just since this morning
    4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. None
    5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Only thing I could think of is..Maybe rooster sat on her and hurt her??
    6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. drinking a small amount by hand, JUST ate a bit of bread daughter offered her
    7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. she hasn't pooped since we have been watching her
    8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? watching her closely
    9 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    10) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    11) Describe the housing/bedding in use 8x8 coop, shavings
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2010

  2. ladycoug

    ladycoug Hatching

    Jan 29, 2009
    I have a similiar problem... ~2 year RIR has become very lethargic, loss of balance & grainy bright green poop. Her eyes aren't alert and her comb is pale and limp. She barely crawls out of the hen house and isn't even climbing up to the perch at night. She does eat and drink, but is noticebly lighter than the other hens. I have another RIR, 1 Auracana, & 3 black sexlinks. They are all eating the same things, same water, but none of the others are exhibiting any of the symptoms. I don't know what to do for her... [​IMG] Any suggestions out there???
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Have you de-wormed you flocks recently if not that might be the problem. Is it hotter then normal they could have become over heated, I would make sure she is in a quite area with food and water, not sure how much help this it but maybe someone with more experience will post soon.

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