- Apr 12, 2008
Hi, I'm new to this forum and come to it heartbroken. Today we found one of our hens hiding under the lawn tractor and when I brought her out, she did not fight me, had no desire to flee. She could not walk when I set her down, but could stand. She kept her beak open and drank water from my 11 yr. old's hand. I saw no injuries, no discharge anywhere, nothing odd except she kept her beak open a bit and was very droopy. I tried to find someone to help, and after 5 phone calls (where the heck was everyone today????) to vets, 4-H chicken people and the feed store guy, I went to the local farm supply store and bought antibiotics. I had created a comfy little box for her with the front cut out and sequestered her in the emplty horse stall. When we returned, she was dead, out of the box, had tipped it over, and was still warm. Her comb and wattle were pale, sort of pale pale pink and aside from the lethargy, there were no other symptoms and just yesterday she seemed fine! Can anyone help me understand what might have happened? She was only about 10 mos. old.