Help with Lethargic Chicken (hen)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MakeMineCadburys, May 20, 2011.

  1. MakeMineCadburys

    MakeMineCadburys Out Of The Brooder

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    Hen is a rhode island red, about 2 yo...

    Symptoms

    Lethargic
    Comb is pale and sorta limp (laying in an S shape rather than straight up)
    Greenish watery poop, watery enough to stick on feathers
    Not going out for free range time, but did go to the lower level of the coop (open to the ground but fenced)
    Sleeping in nesting box instead of roosting on pole
    Seems to be drinking. I gave her yogurt and she ate it.

    Not sure what to do, where to start? What should I do??

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Have you checked for worms (fecal sent to vet) or wormed them recently?

    Also have you dusted for lice/mites recently?
     
  3. MakeMineCadburys

    MakeMineCadburys Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for info..........

    I have not wormed them recently -- have not dusted for lice or mites recently.

    Is there a way to tell if she has worms?

    All other chickens (7) are acting normal...
     
  4. dawg53

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    Quote:The symptoms you described in your first post is typical for worms/external parasites or both.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Well you can call around to the vets in your area to see if they will do a fecal to check for worms.

    Some just treat as though they have them if they are exhibiting symptoms.

    I agree with Dawg53.
     
  6. MakeMineCadburys

    MakeMineCadburys Out Of The Brooder

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    I cannot see any external parasites -- but -- I have not been able to find any good photos or descriptions of what I should be looking for (mites/parasites) ... and can you point me in the direction of treatment for worms? Thanks!!!
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
    see bottom of page

    Worming is Dawg53's field, lol.

    Here is a website though:
    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/disparas.htm

    Oh I just noticed that his post was from yesterday...well in case he isn't around I'll try:

    There are "egg withdrawal times" associated with wormers. You must toss the eggs for a specified time after giving them. As far as which wormer to give, I can only point you to other threads on this.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=367473
    see post #6
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  8. dawg53

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    Quote:I recommend you purchase valbazen, it is a liquid cattle/sheep wormer. It is administered orally. It kills all known worms that chickens can get. Dosage for standard size chickens is 1/2cc, for smaller chickens it's 1/4cc. Redose again in 10 days. There is a 24 day grand total withdrawal period. If you feed store doesnt carry it, you can order it from Jefferslivestock.com or call them.
     

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