help! unconscious hen!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 10acreChooks, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. 10acreChooks

    10acreChooks Hatching

    Mar 4, 2015
    I'm new here .... and also new to keeping chooks
    We've had 8 Isa Browns for about 3 weeks now and enjoying it very much.
    This afternoon I found 1 semi unconscious, limp neck, eyes closed, breathing and slight movements.
    I have no idea what to do!?
    The hen is now in a basket in the guest bedroom.
    I gave her some water through a syringe and after a couple of hours there is more movement, but her eyes are still closed.
    There is no marks on her or ruffled feathers, she looks normal .... sleeping ....
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. She could be very dehydrated, or be suffering from one of many different problems. Coccidiosis could be a problem causing severe weakness, lethargy, poor appetite, puffing up, diarrhea, and ruffled feathers. Corid or amprollium is used to treat it, and can be found in cattle medicines in feed stores. If she could have gotten into a toxin, such as a dead animal that could cause botulism, or moldy feed or lead poisoning. Check her skin for any signs of mites or lice. Now, I would give her sips of water containing vitamins and electrolytes. SaveAChick and other brands are available, and Pedialyte or Gatorade may be a quick substitute.
  3. 10acreChooks

    10acreChooks Hatching

    Mar 4, 2015
    thank you Eggcessive, she look much better this morning.
    eyes are open and sits up.
    we kept her inside and gave her sips of water. it could well be that she was dehydrated. between the afternoon and the even they had managed to tip out all their water. thinking of hanging a second water bucket, just for in case this happens again.
    fingers crossed its nothing serious

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