hen not right this morning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by maryzee, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. maryzee

    maryzee In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013
    Hi guys I am new here but need some advice!
    Went to let my hens out just now and one is really slow, just hopped out the coop and now sitting next to the water just drinking, she looks really puffed up, didn't want to eat out my hand which is unusual. Any ideas what this might be? Got 3 hens only had them a week and all been pretty lively so far. The other seem ok. Thanks guys
  2. maryzee

    maryzee In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013
    Went to check hens an hour later and seems to be some wet bloody patches in the bedding, doesn't look like its coming from the hens back end as feathers are clean, had to leave for work so couldnt do anything. Anyone got any clue? Thanks x
  3. martin.d

    martin.d In the Brooder

    Red mite? Check the coop - particularly under perches, nooks & crannies, the red mite are tiny and can hide in the wood grain, they are grey in colour unless fully engorged.
  4. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Welcome to the site!

    If she doesn't want to eat, it's usually for the best to let her have a little fast. A day won't hurt a chicken at a normal weight. If she's underweight though, this is not advisable.

    First off, this could be coccidiosis, so if you think her symptoms match that, it may be best to treat for that to start with.

    I would put her in a small cage with water available. Putting some source of electrolytes in the water is probably advisable.

    Puffing up generally indicates nausea or pain. This is generally a pretty serious symptom. What color is her face? Is it like the others, or pale? Droopy comb/wattles? What do her poops look like? Is her crop hard or firm or soft, full or empty? I would check her crop and general condition asap. If this is an impacted crop, that possibility needs weeding out before you try administering medicines.

    Here are some links to sites which may help diagnose what she has. Some are on an arbitrary page, so just have a look around and see if anything else on the site describes what she looks like and acts like.
    Quote: Quote: Quote: Quote: Quote: Quote: Those bloody wet patches you mention could be coming from her vent even if her feathers are clean but with a hen looking so down and seeing blood in the cage, a careful inspection is necessary to locate the source of the blood.

    Best wishes.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Sounds like cocci. Purchase Corid 9.6 liquid solution at your feed store, it'll be in the cattle section. Dosage is 9.5cc's per gallon of water for 5 days. She might not drink it due to her sickness. Then you'll have to give it to her via eyedropper about 6-7 times a day until she can drink on her own.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013
  6. maryzee

    maryzee In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013
    Thanks for the response guys, just called the guy I bought them from, he seemed to think that giving them a tonic would not be entirely necessary as they are only 17 weeks old and not laid yet? I have no idea about these things so good to get everyones advice. Definitely the symptoms described on those links above sound very similar. As said before I am currently at work and concerned that I have not seperated the hens, will the others catch the illness?
  7. nan4848

    nan4848 Songster

    Apr 15, 2011
    Des Moines, IA
    You should treat the others also, even if they aren't showing symptoms yet.
  8. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

    May 9, 2013
    As Dawg53 already stated,sounds like Coccidiosis. Cocci is a parasitic infection of the intestinal tract,spread by droppings which get into feed/water via droppings. Most birds have some cocci in their small intestines,only becomes a problem if they have an overload/outbreak,then we medicated to bring it back under control. leading cause of deaths in chicks,kills very fast,but is easily controlled with medication. Can be spread by birds,bringing it into your area on your own clothes/shoes/hands,etc. Some symptoms are runny/watery poop(may or may not contain blood,depends on which of the 9 strains it is)fluffed feathers,lethargic,not eating/drinking properly,general look of unwell. Dawg53 gave you the dosage information for Corid 9.6% liquid the dose for Corid 20% powder is 1 tsp per gallon of water,treat ALL chicks. You can add warm medicated water to feed(so it resembles oatmeal)chicks love this and is easier for the frail ones to eat,plus you have the added benefit of knowing they are getting the meds even if they are not drinking as well as they should.
  9. Suzierd

    Suzierd Crowing

    Aug 8, 2011

    X2 get the Corid in them ASP, cocci kills fast.
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Probably coccidiosis or worms. Get some Corid or Amprol and treat ASAP.


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