Jaundiced/Pale/Orange/Lethargic hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Summer98, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    387
    4
    101
    Sep 11, 2011
    One of my hens has been a very orange and pale looking color for quite some time. I would describe it as jaundiced more than pale (like anemia) pale. Although some days she seems more orange than others. She is getting very thin. Although I do see her eat and drink and her crop has been full of food and water each day. I watched her pass a stool one day and it was all brown in color and liquid. No signs of worms. I examined her vent area and there are no lice. It feels very thin around the vent, mostly just her skeletal structure. Although she does take in food and water, she doesn't eat as much as the others. She acts more lethargic and lingers around the coop a lot. She will peck at the food and water with no enthusiasm. I'm worried if she may have a plugged up intestine like another hen I did a necropsy on because she is so thin. I definitely don't think it's worms or lice. Any ideas?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,316
    3,373
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
  3. War Chicken

    War Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    272
    12
    100
    Oct 18, 2011
    Sounds like jaundice resulting from hepatitis but many things can injure the liver. However, the addition of diarrhea means it could be bacterial in which case the chief culprits would be E. coli (colibacillosis) or salmonella.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2819778/

    If I were in your shoes I would see if it responds to ciprofloxacin or Baytril.
     
  4. Summer98

    Summer98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    387
    4
    101
    Sep 11, 2011
    Could it be lymphoid leukosis?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by