I think i have a sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cephus, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. Cephus

    Cephus Hatching

    Jan 16, 2016
    Midland Tx
    If anyone can help with suggestions and ideas i would be greatful.
    I have a flock of 5 ladies plus ol'King the rooster. Lately i noticed one hen seems lethargic,thirsty, and she seems to have very liquidy stool, and I think theres blood in it.. Also, her backside is really filthy from what seems to be feces. When i say backside, of course i mean her rectal area.Any ideas on what this might be, and how i can help her?
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
  2. SuperChickRuth

    SuperChickRuth Chirping

    Feb 11, 2016
    Have you checked her for sour or impacted crop?
  3. mustang56

    mustang56 Songster

    Jan 4, 2012
    First I would bathe off the poop and clean her up...
    I'd give her poly vi sol with iron.... or maple or karo syrup...
    I'd feed her some scramble eggs with small bits of garlic.... or applesauce with bits of garlic.
    Put a tablespoon of vinegar to a gallon of water.... or some electrolites (however you spell that)
    If you can't bring her inside.....
    I'd get a box or cage and line it with an old towel....and make it comfy for her, and see if she will stay in it...
    and rest...
    She may have eaten something off the ground that made her sick....
    and the above will be helpful....
    until someone else comes by with a better idea... =)
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Can you take a few fresh droppings in to a local vet in the morning for a fecal test for worms and cocci. Capillary worms and cocci can cause blood in the droppings. Capillary worms are treated with SafeGuard liquid goat wormer or horse paste 1/4 cc or ml per pound of weight orally for 5 straight days. So 5 pound hen would get 1 1/4 cc for 5 days. Coccidiosis is treated with Corid in the water for 5 days. Wash her vent feathers off with soap and water, since flies can deposit maggot larvae and cause them to eat into her flesh.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016

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