Jersey Giant Pullet Lethargic and Puffed out.

JerseyGiant123

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Hi, first time posting but have lurked on here for quite some time. I have a 3 1/2 month old Jersey Giant pullet that is getting sick. She is my favorite hen(basically a pet), so I really want to help her. Over the past few days she's been getting really lethargic, and she just sits in the yard puffed out with her head tucked close to her body. At first I thought she was depressed because one of her flockmates that sticks around her died from a mean goat trying to get food. But today she's to the point where she is not interested in eating or drinking any thing. I made her a scrambled egg and she didn't even want to eat it. She also feels like she has a fever. I have her separated right now in the house to keep her away from the rest of the flock and to keep her comfortable. Her crop is completely empty so I don't think its an impacted crop. So far I have given her a cc of fenbendazole and made her a corid 9.6/vinegar solution. I could not get her to drink it though. Should I try to give her some water through a syringe to keep her hydrated, and should i try to force feed her?​
 

Eggcessive

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Stop the vinegar and mix Corid 2 tsp per gallon of water. You can in addition, give 0.1 ml or 1/4 tsp per pound of undiluted Corid twice a day as a boost. Her symptoms sound more like possible coccidiosis. You can take in some droppings to a vet to do a fecal float, or go ahead and treat. Here is a good method of medicating a chicken or other poultry:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...dications-to-all-poultry-and-waterfowl.73335/
 

JerseyGiant123

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Thanks for the reply! I will change her water out for just a corid/water solution, and Ill go ahead and give her .4cc of straight corid since she weighs 4.4 pounds. Getting a stool sample may be hard though because her droppings are pretty much water and small dark green pieces. I assume this is because she is not eating. Should I try to force feed her water and maybe some egg to make sure shes not starving?
 

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Hi, first time posting but have lurked on here for quite some time. I have a 3 1/2 month old Jersey Giant pullet that is getting sick. She is my favorite hen(basically a pet), so I really want to help her. Over the past few days she's been getting really lethargic, and she just sits in the yard puffed out with her head tucked close to her body. At first I thought she was depressed because one of her flockmates that sticks around her died from a mean goat trying to get food. But today she's to the point where she is not interested in eating or drinking any thing. I made her a scrambled egg and she didn't even want to eat it. She also feels like she has a fever. I have her separated right now in the house to keep her away from the rest of the flock and to keep her comfortable. Her crop is completely empty so I don't think its an impacted crop. So far I have given her a cc of fenbendazole and made her a corid 9.6/vinegar solution. I could not get her to drink it though. Should I try to give her some water through a syringe to keep her hydrated, and should i try to force feed her?​
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Eggcessive

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She needs water especially. Green poop is from not eating enough. Hopefully, you can get her eating some, but she may not want to eat if her abdomen is hurting. Hopefully, it is something treatable.
 

JerseyGiant123

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Update*
Whenever I checked on her this morning she didn't improve any. Her whole underside was burning up from her fever and not moving around at all. I tried to place her out of the tub I had her in, and she was almost too weak to stand. She was really wobbly and just sat down after a few seconds. I force fed her some water and she seemed to perk up a little bit and can walk a few steps now. I checked her crop since I fed her a couple pieces of egg last night, and it was still in their, but as of now about an hour later it seems to be gone. I have some penicillin that I use for cattle, should I try and give her a dose of it, in case it something bacterial? I have some unpasteurized goat yogurt I can feed her to to help her digestive bacteria.
 

JerseyGiant123

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Update*
I'm Glad to say that my little Jersey pullet is now better :)
I decided to give her a dose of Penicillin for 4 days and I also tube fed her some spare parrot formula I had on top of some unpasteurized yogurt I make from my goats. Here's a picture of her now!
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Eggcessive

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Glad to hear that she is better. Did you ever treat her with Corid? Are her droppings improved? Is she eating and drinking well?p
 

BigBlueHen53

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Glad to hear she is doing better! @Eggcessive is one of the best helpers on here, I'm sure she'd be glad to hear of your hen's progress. :hugs Welcome to BYC, thanks for joining and good luck with your hen.
PS I have a 10-mo old BJG cockerel and I really like him. He'll be the junior roo in my flock and the older roo is doing a fine job of teaching him manners! He really is a sweetie.
 

JerseyGiant123

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Glad to hear that she is better. Did you ever treat her with Corid? Are her droppings improved? Is she eating and drinking well?p
I gave her to corid treatment for a few couple of days, but It didn't seem like coccidiosis to me, So I stopped directly giving it to her and I just mixed it with her water. Shes Eating and drinking ALOT now, and her droppings look normal to me. She loves chasing around my little bantam rooster I had her kept with since he was getting bullied, lol. Thanks for your help Eggcessive!
 

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