Hen twitching and out of sorts.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Henri239, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Henri239

    Henri239 Hatching

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hello, I'd be grateful for some help.
    The following is happening to our 2 year old RhodeRock hen:
    - feathers puffed up
    - movements like she is wretching/hiccuping but no sound - could almost be like shes a little itchy
    - eating and drinking appears ok, but does seem less herself
    - poo seems normal
    - not laying (but has been last couple of days)
    - symptoms started this afternoon
    - no sign of mites in the coop, although we have dusted the coop and birds just in case
    - other hen shows no symptoms and is in usual spirit
    - we have had 1 month of unusually cold weather in the UK which has meant them being cooped up a lot more
    - head under her wing when normally she would be pecking around the garden
    Thanks for your thoughts; we're new to this game so all suggestions will be gratefully received!
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Have you wormed them? Do you have gapeworm over there? (You can see the worms back in the mouth or throat if they are there.) Have you switched feed? Any chance they ate something moldy or spoiled? Maybe from a corner of the feeder that you didn't see? I wonder with the hiccuping thing if she ate something that's not food, maybe was a bit large, and she's trying to get it back out. There was a recent thread about a chicken that got pretty sick, then passed a scrap of electrical wire and was fine.

    I certainly don't know, obviously. Just throwing out thoughts. Good luck!
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  3. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    maybe you shoul isolate her for a few days, give her a chance to get warmed up. I would also give her some electrolyte solution in her water for strenght. lots of info on respiratory problems on this site, type respiratory in the search engine. good luck
  4. Henri239

    Henri239 Hatching

    Jan 3, 2011
    Going to try worming her with flubevent to see if that helps. Will let you all know how we get on. Thanks for you help
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    She is ill based on those symptoms and needs to be in a warm (not hot) dry quiet comfy cozy place for now so she doesn't have to expend energy trying to stay warm when she is under the weather.

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