Hen not feeling well, need help diagnosing.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Roy Rooster, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,

    I have a BO hen that is acting like she does not feel well.
    Symptoms:
    - hanging around in the pen while the others are out playing in the yard.
    - Eyes closed like she is taking a nap
    - Wings kind of dragging.
    - Looks like she does not have much energy.
    - She over all looks like she does not feel wall at all.

    I see now visible problems like wounds or anything like that.

    Does anyone have any idea what she my be suffering from?

    Thanks
     
  2. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    She might be egg bound...
     
  3. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought about that, but I do not feel any eggs close to her vent. Is it possible she is sick with something?
     
  4. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Is anyone out there...
     
  5. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes you can't feel the egg if it is a soft shelled... I have had tons of experience with egg bound hens..
     
  6. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be that she is egg bound. I did have a soft shelled egg that was laid today. I give them oyster shells daily,
    is there anything else I should give them?
     
  7. Beaky Buzzard

    Beaky Buzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Eggs and yogurt might help. You can also try Gatorade.
     
  8. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gatorade?? do i put that in the waterer? I have never heard of using gatorade before.
    Do you think that it could be cocci? I have pondered that possibility too?

    What flavor of gatorade do they take to the best? Just wondering?
     
  9. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Dont give her gatorade, it has too much salt, it's not good for chickens. Yes, she's sick. Separate her from the others, first of all.
    What other symptoms does she have? Eating, drinking? Eyes clear, any discharge? What are her droppings like? How old is she?
    For starters, separate her, and make sure she's eating. You can buy Vitamin/ electrolyte powder at the feed store, which is the same as
    Gatorade, only for chickens and it's not expensive. Give her whatever she will eat. Warm oatmeal or scrambled eggs, or chopped fruit, or tomato, will tempt
    sick chickens, and they must eat, or they will get dehydrated quickly, and then theyare goners.
     
  10. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It could be cocci and you can either buy Amprol, and give on tsp per gallon in drinking water, or you can give her some medicated chick starter,
    which has Amprol in it. It could also be a lot of other things, but Amprol is very mild and will not hurt her. Can you give some more symptoms?
     
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