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Hen acts as if she has narolepsy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tlb9645, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. tlb9645

    tlb9645 New Egg

    Sep 1, 2011
    We have 9 chickens. 6 layers, 2 pullets and a young rooster. Our coop is a little over a month old and this is is our first time raising chickens. The beding is woodchips and the house is raised with a shade area beneath.
    One of the laying hens , starting 5 days ago, dropping her head and falling asleep while on her feet. A day or so later 2 more behaved the same way. They are 2 Ameraucana's and a Red Star about 1 1/2 yrs old. They have no injuries or visiable external parasites. They are eating organiic feed and free range. Even though they are sleeping and getting a late start in the morning they are eating and drinking. Just not a lot of energy.
    There has been a little runny poop here and there but not sure which chicken it is from. The Red Star was the last to have this behavior and she seems to be recovering quicker than the others.
    I am giving them Electrolite water and fresh greens along with summer squash, yogurt. foods to help to keep them cool in additiion to the normal food.
    The extension service person recommended rubbing their crop since she thought it could be impacted giving electrolites and anti-biotics. Crop seems fine. I don't want to give anit-biotics unless there is a real need. I have no real way of isolating the 3 girls.
    . Everyone seems to be off laying. We may get 2 eggs a day, down from 3 to 4 a day. We have had two weeks of 95 plus temps and very dry. I have watered down the coop and their runs and all the above. Is this heat exhaustion? If so what else can I so to help them get through this? Thanks
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    It really could just be the heat. If they drink a lot of water due to the heat their poop could be runny. Electrolytes are good. I would hold off on antibiotics, too. Some folks put frozen water bottles out for their chickens to lean against or ice in their water.
  3. tlb9645

    tlb9645 New Egg

    Sep 1, 2011
    Thanks I really apprecaite any advise. Today the high was 74 with a cool breeze out of the north. I think I am seeing a little improvement.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011

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