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Help! Sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by n1st, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken, Melissa, is acting very strange. She isn't as active as the other chickens, she drinks alot of water for a while, I just noticed her comb getting pale and droopy today, and she isn't laying, either. She's eating, but she seems kind of light (she might always have been like that, though). She started getting "depressed" a few weeks ago. What is this and how do I treat it? She's a 3-year-old sex-link.

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    When was the last time they were wormed and for what kind of parasites? Also check for external parasites.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would have asked the same as Robin..worms, parasites, etc. What do her stools look like? This is often a good indicator when something is going wrong.

    Jody
     
  4. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    We've never wormed our chickens before. Her stool looks dark brown with a little white and is diarhea. If she has worms, what kind of wormer do you think would be the best for her?

    Thanks for your help
     
  5. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    To know for certain what parasites your dealing with collect droppings from two or three places, make certain you get some from the girl who isn't well. Keep them as clean as possible and take to your vet. They can look under a microscope and identify what is going on.

    I would certainly start with Wazine for round worms until you know what you're dealing with. Wazine does only round worms, other wormers deal with other internal parasites.
     

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