Hen won't eat, drink, or move! Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by UrbanGAFarmer, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. UrbanGAFarmer

    UrbanGAFarmer New Egg

    Oct 23, 2011
    My 18 week old hen won't eat, drink, or move. I was gone for the weekend and when I came back she was sitting in the doorway and not moving. The other hens were jumping around her. She was fine 3 days before, when I last saw her.

    Here are her symptoms:
    Won't eat when offered
    Won't drink when offered
    Won't move except when i feel its crop and vent area (feels completely limp when I've picked it up).
    Has only made one noise and that is when I picked it up to isolate it. Sounded like a honk. Looks like it is trying to chirp but nothing comes out.
    Eyes are usually open and alert. No watering.
    No discoloration
    No ruffled feathers.
    Poop is clear and runny with some normal solid pieces. Much runnier than normal though.

    What I've done since finding her this morning:
    Brought her inside and have been dripping electrolyte water into her beak.
    Given her some olive oil in case it is a stuck crop
    Gave her a dewormer for possible gape worm - safe guard for goats.

    Please help!
  2. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    18 weeks? Maybe egg bound? When she is trying to chirp, does it look like she is gulping air?
  3. rhino533

    rhino533 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Could it be Marek's Disease? Her symptoms sound similar. I'm no expert but I would move her from the flock because Mareks can spead to other birds easily. I would Search Marek's Disease on Google and read about the symptoms and compare them with your Hen.
  4. UrbanGAFarmer

    UrbanGAFarmer New Egg

    Oct 23, 2011
    Yes she is trying to gulp. Keeps opening mouth and every time she breathes
  5. UrbanGAFarmer

    UrbanGAFarmer New Egg

    Oct 23, 2011
    It could be mareks as well. Haven't looked into that until now. I wish there were clearer symptoms. Seem that so many symptoms overlap with different problems... ahhh so frustrating.
  6. lucky123

    lucky123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    The problem is many things have the same symptoms. I just lost a gold laced brahma, and have really researched to try and find out what it was. I gave them some earth worms the other day and found that worms have worms in them. Seven days later shes dead. She was also opening her mouth like it was hard to breath, which is also a symptom of having worms. Good luck.
  7. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    I have the same problems With 2 hens I just got. 7-8 months old. I'm trying Tylan 50 right now. Second day of treatment. They do seem to be eating more but still gasping for air. If this doesn't work, then I will try the safe-guard. Hopefully they will hang in there.

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