Hen won't eat or drink


10 Years
May 27, 2009
I have a four month old hen that suddenly became listless and doesn't want to eat or drink. I have moved her to a separate cage and everyone else seems fine. She had been out in a chicken tractor with two others both of whom are fine so far. Maybe it was something she ate. Should I start force feeding her? If so, what? This has been going on for about 24 hours now.


Emu Hugger
12 Years
Mar 10, 2008
a bumpy dirt road in Florida
You will need to keep her hydrated and keep some food in her. You can scramble an egg, break it up in little pieces and try to force it in her beak. You can mix up some chick starter and warm water and make a mash out of it. Get some poly vi sol childrens vitamins if you can and dribble it in her beak, just 3-4 drops. Has she lost a lot of weight? If she has no respiratory systems..(watery/gunk in eyes, nose, mouth or wheezing in chest) then it could something she ate, coccidia if she is very thin and listless, or stress of some kind. How/what color are her feces's?

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