How to cure anemia in a chicken? HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Dreams, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Chicken Dreams

    Chicken Dreams In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2010

    My wyandotte hen has been in the 'hospital' for three weeks

    now and with not much improvement. She had lice and was

    treated with sevin dust ten days ago and today. Her combs are

    still pale, she has terrible balance and she's skinny. I have been

    feeding spinach (iron?), grass, corn and Layena. I am starting to

    feel really bad for her and if she can't be cured soon, I am going

    to euthanize her [​IMG] Does anybody have any advice on fixing

    anemia for chickens? Hopefully something around the house

    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. hencrazy

    hencrazy Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Is she drinking? If not add warm water to some pellets or try some cooked rice and veggies. This will help increase her water intake. You can also give her unflavored pedialyte in place of water to increase her electrolytes. You may also want to contact an avian vet for some suggestions. Hope she feels better soon. Keep us updated!
  3. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    I'd feed her some liver. That's what helps humans!
  4. silkieroo

    silkieroo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    You could also try giving her some meat (protein) unless your raising her on a vegetarian diet. Good luck with your hen!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  5. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    try giving her some vitamin supplement and electrolyte solution from the feed store. If you have some B complex vitamins around the house you can use those, just dissolve in a some warm water and dip it in some bread and feed it to her. I would not dust her or worm her in the state she is in, she is to weak, hope she gets better
  6. Chicken Dreams

    Chicken Dreams In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2010
    Oh wow guys Thanks!

    She has been drinking but i can make a

    mash for her. I dont think we have liver

    on hand but i can give her some ground

    elk burger [​IMG] i will definitley try the vitamin

    B too! right now i am up for ANYTHING!

    Thanks a bunch (more ideas welcome [​IMG])
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Seems like I read on here not to feed spinach to chickens, or maybe it was ducks, I'll have to look into it and let you know. Ground elk would be good and I'm sure she would love liver mine love meat.
  8. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Stop the corn for a while, it's low protein, like eating white bread at best.
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    i understand why you would not want to worm her at this weakened state, but just in case worms could be contributing, how about adding some pumpkin seeds to her diet?
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I googled spinach feeding to chickens and it must be safe alot of BYCers are feeding it to their chooks.

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