Hen almost dead HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mebuff daisy, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens has been acting sick lately but today I found her lying on the ground in the pen, Her back was all bloody and she is sleeping now , She opened her eyes and loooked at me but then went back to sleep, What do I do with her ? I do not want her to die, How do I get her to wake up ? Help me !
     
  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check her crop. If it is squishy like a water balloon, she may have sour crop, and if it is hard is could be an impacted crop. Was her back bloody from mating? or was she attacked by hawk? Also, she could have lost a lot of blood, and that could be why she is lethargic.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You say she "has been acting sick lately" - just how long has she been acting ill and what, specifically, were the symptoms she was showing?
    You need to move her to a warm, quiet place. Initially you need to treat her for shock meaning keep her warm, calm and hydrated. If she comes round from that you can worry about cleaning and dressing her wounds (does it look like peck marks from her getting down and then being picked at by the flock or does it look like more serious wounds from a possible predator attack?).
    Unfortunately, it may be too late. A lot will depend on what illness she has been struggling with and just how far gone she is - which, from the sounds of it, is fairly far -- illness is much easier to treat and has a better chance of a positive outcome when attention is given at the first sign.
     
  4. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she passed out becouse the other chickens were pecking her, as far as her being sick she just has a very pale wattle and is eating less.Now I am holding her in my lap under a heat lamp, She is breathing better [​IMG] What do I feed her when she comes to ? should I give her
    save a chick or emergency C ? I know it was the other hens who did this to her and I hope she makes it,Anyone else feel free to chime in with ideas !
     
  5. katehopkins85

    katehopkins85 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens was attacked recently and was on the brink of death and starving herself: I posted on here and did everything people suggested and she is now back to her chirpy normal self!

    This is what I did:

    Force fed her a syringe full of warm water and olive oil to clean out her system.

    Force fed her liquidised food with a very large syringe; over the week I gave her chicken food mixed with different things:

    - chicken food, bread with thinly spread marmite, probiotic yoghurt (& a little water for liquidising)
    - chicken food, antibiotic, mealworms (& a little water for liquidising)
    - chicken food, probiotic, a tiny bit of ham & seeds (& a little water for liquidising)

    I generally used layers mash

    I kept her in the greenhouse for a few days by herself then I put her back in the pen. I gave her a hot water bottle at night (wrapped in a towel and bag) .

    I didn't really know what I was doing but she was dying so I tried everything and I am so happy she is back with us!!!
     
  6. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Does anyone know how to force feed a hen ? She is about the same and has not woke up yet [​IMG] How do I keep her warm at night ? I am in MN and it gets i to the 30s
     
  7. 273816

    273816 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Using a syringe is the best way but make sure to get it down the throat. Personally, I don't have much experience with force-feeding hens but someone else might.
    Hope your hen is okay and makes a full recovery [​IMG]

    Rachel.
     
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    I do not have any experience with tube feeding either but if I ever need to, I am going to follow casportpony's advice. I do not know her personally, but have seen casportpony (Kathy) on many threads and she has always been very helpful with advice on tube feeding.

    I searched and found a thread she started and links to threads on how to tube feed. She also has links on her profile: 'Tube Feeding Videos and Information':

    Two great threads on how to tube feed:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-for-visuals-very-detailed-post#post_11652991

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...cken-and-give-subcutaneous-fluid#post_9910754

    I hope they help and your chicken improves.
     
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  9. katehopkins85

    katehopkins85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought a giant syringe, filled it full of liquidised food and gently pushed it in her beak. She was so weak initially she didn't struggle at all.
     
  10. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today when I want out to check on her she was still sleeping ! How do I wake her up ? I toke a syringe and gave her a bit of water . I put warm water on her back to clean up her wounds and she woke up , what do I feed her ? She is doing better [​IMG] a little
     

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