I need advice on for my sick chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brendae2007, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. brendae2007

    brendae2007 New Egg

    Jan 23, 2014
    I have an 8 month old buff orphington named Skippy. . She is one of eleven in a mixed flock. She is the smallest of the lot and she has always had something going on with her leg. She skips when she runs. In early December I noticed she was not acting quite right. She was not as active as normal and not very enthusiastic about eating. After a couple of days she stopped coming out of the hen house when I opened the door in the morning to let them all out. I brought her inside, put a heat lamp on her and tried to find a vet in my area. I could not find a vet so I researched forums online and decided that based on her symptoms she could have either a vitamin deficiency (leg issue) or worms (thread worms). I added organic layer pellets to the entire flock to go along with the organic mixed grains I was already feeding. Based on research I decided to worm first with wazine and then with safeguard. I put her back with the other hens. This was rough because she was only away from them for about 36 hours and they were very vicious to her by pecking and pulling her feathers. I spent almost a half a day in the pen so they could get used to her again. Anyway, she just kept getting weaker and weaker. she was not eating or drinking. I admit at this point I should have ended her misery but I am new to this and could just not give up on her. Around Christmas it turned really cold and I got worried for her so I brought her back in and was hand feeding her pedialite. She only took 2 tsp a day. In the two weeks between the wazine and sageguard I bought a pro biotic for birds and dosed her three different times. She seemed to improve some and even ate a bit of cucumber one day. After the safeguard worming she did not improve like I thought she should so I gave her a 20 minute bath in Epson salts. This was on Thursday. By Monday of this week I decided she had had enough and was prepared to put her down. I came home from work and she was drinking water on her on and had scratched around in her crate. I took her outside and let her free range with the other hens and she lasted for an hour. I have been taking her out every night and she normally on lasted 5 or ten minutes. So an hour was good. I thought she was better and she does act better. She is scratching in her crate and moving the grain around. She is drinking. But she still sleeps a lot with her head under her wing. My husband says I have to move her back outside. I know the hens will give her a fit and most likely peck her to death. She is still weak and weighs less than a loaf of bread. Tell me what to do.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I am very sorry about your hen. I have no idea what might be wrong with her. Being that she has been like this a very long time, it could be some sort of bacterial infection or possibly reproductive cancer. The flock will know she is sick and will attack her. It is their job to protect the flock from predators or diseases. So you do need to keep her separate. I would post this question in the emergency section here of BYC for feedback on what course of action you might take....


    In the mean time, keep her warm under a heat lamp. Sick birds get cold and won't eat or drink if they are chilled.

    So sorry about your baby. I hope she recovers. :)
  3. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 4, 2013
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Sorry to hear about your sick hen. Hopefully, by some miracle, she survives and becomes healthy again! Its always hard to have sick birds.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I'm sorry about your sick hen; unfortunately, I'm not sure what is wrong. You did the right thing by worming her and isolating her from the flock, but I'm not sure what else you can do.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope she recovers.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    TwoCrows gives good advice - good luck with your hen.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed


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