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Hen not acting right....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FritzChicks, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    I have a 1.5 year old hen not acting right. When I went down to the coop this morning she was laying I the corner. I brought her inside to monitor her. She is drinking but not eating. Her crown is mildly beat up, I acne find no issues with her wings and I checked her vent but I am not sure what too look for. She just seems mildly lethargic and wants too late down and sleep. Does anyone have any ideas what might be going on or any suggestions on what I could do too often help her feel better?
     
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hey FritzChicks Welcome to BYC, sorry that the circumstances in which you join us are not nicer.

    First up, I am not an expert when it comes to what ails chickens but I do know that the symptoms you have described can be a multitude of things and basically the symptoms are her way of dealing with whatever ails her.

    To assist those more experienced in chicken disease and recovery, there are a few questions that spring to mind.

    First up, are you able to post pictures of her? Some of her comb so we can see what “beat up” is and some of her posture.

    Any signs of lice or mites?
    Have you wormed her recently or at all?
    When did she last lay?
    What is her normal feed?
    How are her poops looking? Normal, runny or non existent?
    How does her crop feel? Full, empty, hard, squishy?
    Where is she usually housed? Current climate?
     
  3. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    I will try to add some pics.
     
  4. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    This is Liza and this is pretty much how she has been acting. Laying around. She took a little nap on this towel yesterday. She walks around fine when she does walk, no limping so I am pretty sure her legs are fine.

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    She is very mildly beat up, I blame the rooster but I know that they will beat up on her if she is bleeding so I decided to pull her out because I was not sure that was not what was going on, or part of it.

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    This is her poo from this afternoon.... sorry guys if this grosses you out but I have no idea how to explain it even.
    She was acting completely fine up until today and I am not sure if she laid yesterday or not. We have 27 hens and are getting an average of 10 eggs a day and nothing has seemed off until now.

    She is just laying in her cage, still have not eaten, just drinking water. Normally if we had brought her in the house she would have ran around like a crazy chicken. She is not the most social girl ever but as you can see my son is laying next to her in the one picture and she doesn't care. She stayed there for about an hour while we walked around her and did our own thing and she slept on and off.
    She has not been wormed lately, I honestly have never actually wormed them, just given them garlic every few months as a natural wormer and I have never noticed worms before.
     
  5. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    I just posted pics with some more information. Her normally feed is scratch grains, cracked corn and laying pellets along with scraps from the house, all food scraps go to the chickens, but we haven't given them anything out of the ordinary. I tried to make her scrambled eggs because my girls love those and she didn't touch them either.
     
  6. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    She still is not feeling well..
     
  7. PaulaMc

    PaulaMc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor sweetie.

    Hope she feels better soon. Can you get her to a vet?

    Big hugs
     
  8. FritzChicks

    FritzChicks Just Hatched

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    We do not have a vet anywhere near us that works on chickens sadly. I am just hoping whatever it is, that it passes. She seems fine on the outside and her poo is pretty normal... I don't know what to think
     
  9. annk1839

    annk1839 Just Hatched

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    Hi, I have three Rhode Island reds.. and so far so good they are free range from morn till dusk. But last night one of the hens was missing from the coop when I went to lock it up, I looked in all the usual places but no sign. This morning I was looking again, when my neighbour a farmer found her and returned her to me. She is in pretty bad shape, she seems drunk like a bit wobbly on her feet and definitely hurt(although I don't know where) Her feathers seem a bit matted with muck (I'm guessing from wherever she slept) but none missing or no signs of blood, I have returned her with the other two hens and she is resting in the coop. I'm just wondering is the right thing to do, or what should I do? I don't want her to be picked on by the other two, but if she's not seriously injured I don't want to keep her away from them for too long either??? Really confused... please help!!!
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Layer feed is for actively laying birds only. If she's not laying, she should not be eating it. Scratch grains and cracked corn are not complete feeds, and should be given sparingly. She looks like she could be molting. Her issue may be nutritional. Electrolytes and vitamins in the water and unmedicated starter are good basics for helping a sickly bird.
     
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