Help with sick hen...please

linbee

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 11, 2010
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My 4 year old Barred Rock is ailing. We have had flooding for the last several weeks - chicken run wet, muddy, nasty.... hen house is not under water but muddy from me tracking in and out to tend the brooder with babies. To say it is a nasty mess would be an understatement. Yesterday, I noticed that the hen was just sitting in one spot for a long time, pooping white runny, stinky mess. I read what I could find here and gave her some fresh water, olive oil soaked bread. I felt her all over and compared with my healthy hen, she felt normal to me. I really don't know if I know how to check all the areas I'm supposed to check. She ate and drank and was still lethargic - same today. Another flooding rain coming this evening. Any suggestions of what else I might do for her or check?
Had a brief dry period yesterday, cleaned hen house, fresh shavings down, sevin dust around, hay in the run (which will be soaked shortly). Don't know what else to do. Any help will be appreciated.
 

nchls school

Crowing
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Apr 22, 2015
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My 4 year old Barred Rock is ailing. We have had flooding for the last several weeks - chicken run wet, muddy, nasty.... hen house is not under water but muddy from me tracking in and out to tend the brooder with babies.  To say it is a nasty mess would be an understatement. Yesterday, I noticed that the hen was just sitting in one spot for a long time, pooping white runny, stinky mess.  I read what I could find here and gave her some fresh water, olive oil soaked bread.  I felt her all over and compared with my healthy hen, she felt normal to me.  I really don't know if I know how to check all the areas I'm supposed to check.  She ate and drank and was still lethargic - same today.  Another flooding rain coming this evening.  Any suggestions of what else I might do for her or check?
Had a brief dry period yesterday, cleaned hen house, fresh shavings down, sevin dust around, hay in the run (which will be soaked shortly).  Don't know what else to do. Any help will be appreciated.


Keep her warm and dry. Antibiotics might help. Sounds like you are having a rough time with the weather. It has been cool and wet here in Wisconsin. I've been checking my birds often.
 

linbee

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 11, 2010
47
2
89
First thing this morning, I found that my hen was crawling with maggots - after searching the forum, it is fly strike. I have cleaned the rear with warm soapy water, tried to remove as many maggots as I could. Coated the whole area with antibiotic ointment. I have gone to Tractor Supply and bought some SWAT and will clean again in the morning and use the SWAT. I am going to clean with water and vinegar since I think it will kill more maggots. I have her in a separate cage in my garage, she already seems a little better, drank water and ate yogurt and scrambled egg. Anything else anyone thinks I could/should do? I have to say in my 65 years, this may be the grossest thing I have ever seen, and it happened overnight! I also bought some additional fly control things to try and keep the fly population under some control. My barn yard and hen house run are literally manure swamps - we are supposed to have a break from the rain for the next few days - hopefully it will make life a little more manageable.
 

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