hen shaking head, listless, passed out

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tracecom, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 9 hens and one rooster. One of the hens, a two-year old Buff Orpington is sick or injured, but I don't know which or what is wrong. Symptoms follow.

    shakes her head as if to clear the cobwebs
    listless
    weak, walks slowly, can't get on roost
    passed out yesterday, appeared dead, but revived when picked up; no sign of injury
    comb seems a darker red color than usual
    will still eat and drink
    weight loss

    Non of the rest of the flock show any symptoms.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It may take some observation to figure out what is wrong. A vet may be helpful. Bring her inside in a basket or crate for warmth and so you can look at her droppings, and see how much she eats and drinks. Get some poultry electrolytes (SaveAChick, Roster Booster, Durvet) and dip her beak or give her drops with a syringe or dropper. Offer her a bit of scrambled egg. Feel of her crop for impaction or fullness, Feel nside her vent with 1 finger an inch or two for a stuck egg. Look her skin over around the vent, under wings, and on neck for mites or lice. look at her ears in case of infection or swelling. Look for nasal drainage, watery eyes, gasping or wheezing. Check her breast area for weight loss, or lower belly for swelling.
     
  3. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The local vet (only one) doesn't treat chickens, but she was nice enough to listen to my hen's symptoms, and provide some antibiotic. I dosed the hen for the first time yesterday, but at evening, she was too weak to walk. I picked her up and put her in the floor of the coop. This morning, she had moved 8 feet from where I placed her and managed to be sitting on the entrance board to one of the next boxes. I will give her another dose of the med and hope for the best. Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She didn't make it.
     
  5. Robin1970

    Robin1970 New Egg

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    Sorry for the loss of your feathered baby. It is tough to loose them.
     
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
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