Hen suddenly ill

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by old mama hen, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. old mama hen

    old mama hen Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a hen that is suddenly staying in the hen house. She was fine this morning and I believe she laid. Now she isn't eating or drinking. She is crouched with her head down. I might not be too worried about this, but we had one that was out in the yard last week and appeared to be fine that morning. By that evening she started exhibiting the same symptoms and she was dead the next morning. The hens are 3-1/2 years old.
     
  2. TNchickies

    TNchickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she crouched in a nestbox or roost? Or otherwise?
     
  3. old mama hen

    old mama hen Out Of The Brooder

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    She's on the floor on the hen house by the door.
     
  4. kurui

    kurui Out Of The Brooder

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    Have you seen her eat at all today? Maybe check her crop to rule out a crop impaction- if it's seriously full in the morning she may need some assistance from you.
     
  5. old mama hen

    old mama hen Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out early to check on her and she was still lying there in the corner under the nest boxes, but alive. I carefully picked her up and took her some water in my hand, which she didn't want. I laid her down and came in to check to see if there were any responses. After reading about checking her craw I went back out and found her dead. My husband and I are so puzzled. Fine in the morning sick in the evening and dead by the next morning. I wonder if it could possibly have anything to do with the water. We have had enormous amounts of rain and noticed mold in the watering tub. Could this be a possibility? I normally scrub every 7-10 days, but have not been as diligent due to the weather.

    I did check her crop and no it wasn't full or impacted. I really appreciate your input and quick response. Hope I can figure this out so we don't lose any more hens.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015
  6. kurui

    kurui Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry to hear about your hen. I'm afraid I don't have a lot of experience with chickens and am learning as I go, but I hope someone more knowledgeable will be able to help you out! I assume you've checked to see if there are any obvious external parasites. Maybe check their poop to see if you can find any clues there? I've heard you can take poop to a vet to get it checked for infections, but even looking at it could help, if it looks obviously abnormal. How is their breathing? Do you hear any wheezing?

    As for the water- I seem to recall reading that adding a little apple cider vinegar to their drinking water can help keep bacteria from thriving in it.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Did you notice what her poop looked like?

    I would suggest treating them for coccidiosis. Corid in their water, the treated water should be the only source of water for 24 hours.
     
  8. old mama hen

    old mama hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Her poop was fine. No bloody drippings. I also read on coccidiosis on the following link http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex4616 It talks about the hen drooping and not eating. It also mentions that these symptoms go on for 4 to 9 days. That would rule that being the cause. The onset of symptoms and death is rapid.

    We're watching the others closely and I am going to add the apple cider vinegar to their water.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    When did you worm them last? What did you use?
     
  10. old mama hen

    old mama hen Out Of The Brooder

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    The hens have never been wormed. We checked their poop and no signs. I cleaned their watering tub out and scrubbed the watering tub out. Been 2 weeks and no more sick hens. I really think it was the water. Going to add the apple cider vinegar. Thanks for the advice.
     

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