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Hen listless and lethargic, dead 6 hrs later

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pascal PicklePants, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    My EE'er hen died today. I let the gang out of the coop this morning and noticed on of my EE'ers was acting very lethargic. The fact that she allowed me to pick her up without a fuss was alarming, she's usually pretty shy. I decided to bring her in the house in a dog crate. She wasn't eating or drinking so we got some water in her with a syringe. She just sat there with the same 1000 yard stare my Grandpa got when he talked about the war. When I checked on her a couple hours later, she looked like she was having a siezure, then just died. This is the first hen I've lost to anything, disease or predator. It did get really....really cold here in MN last week, about -20F. My other hens (19) and roos (2) seem perfectly healthy so far. I will be watching them very closely however.

    Was a hatchery EE'er from Braus in MN
    Was about 9 months old
    Had healthy looking feathers
    Had clear eyes
    Had no wounds
    Crop was palpable but not hard or oversized
    Vent area was clean
    No signs of mites
    Had sort of watery poo
    Was of a healthy weight
    No coughing or sneezing

    Just thought I'd post and see if this resonates with anybody's experience. Does this sound like anything familiar?
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Perhaps eggbound or worms.
  3. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    Thanks Dawg. Sort of what I was thinking too. I was just surprised how quickly she went downhill.
  4. Chick named Lola

    Chick named Lola Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

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