How long do you let a sick hen go? NEED ADVICE PLEASE.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by waghmg, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. waghmg

    waghmg Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    I've written on here several times about problems w/the same hen. Appreciate what advice has been given.

    Her symptoms are:
    Not moving around much, standing in one spot, head down into breast w/feathers puffed out. Not eating a lot but scratching and eating once in a while. This has been going on for several weeks now. She had stopped laying a couple of months ago. Noticed she quit eating (or ate very little) her laying pellets/crumbles.

    2 days ago I treated her with valbazen for worms. I had never wormed her. Then dusted her w/poultry dust for mites/lice the same day.

    Been keeping her in a dog crate since Friday night. I have seen no improvement and noticed yesterday her crop may be enlarged. Had not checked for that before, all this time, didn't know. Was not huge but about size of ping-pong ball. Did not feed her much if at all yesterday. Gave olive oil through eyedropper, she slurped it up a little bit at a time. This morning woke up and she acted about the same. Gave her olive oil/water in eyedropper. Her crop still had something in it but was about the same. Been doing massage off and on. She ate this morning broth of crumbles/water and a "little" yogurt/softened crumbles/applesauce mixed in.

    I'm sure she has to be losing weight but is hard for me to tell for sure.

    Am I just being inpatient in thinking there should be improvement by now? I'm afraid she's going to starve and I don't won't to prolong her misery but I also want to save her if I possibly can. This is so hard! Have done so much research I'm overwhelmed w/different info.

    Please advise. I'm fairly new to this. Thank you.
  2. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    I am so sorry. I don't know what is wrong with her but it sure seems like you are doing everything you can to help. Sometimes, they just don't get better despite all efforts. Keep us posted. She's a lucky little hen to have you.
  3. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Cooper, Texas
    If this was my hen and I'd seen no improvement over a week, I would probably cull her. Sorry.

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