Lathargic hen laying around shaking her head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rrhens, May 18, 2009.

  1. rrhens

    rrhens New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    I went out to my coop this afternoon and noticed one of my almost one year old Rhode Islands laying on the ground, very lathargic looking, the other hens were walking ontop of her, i took her out the coop and could hold her in one hand, she just sat there, sat her on the ground and after a few minutes she stood up and walked around for a few minutes eating some grass and clover, so i put her back in the coop and checked on her a little while ago and she was back laying on ground looking confused and shaking her head back and forth and had a little blood on side of her head, so i took her out again and rolled her over on her side and she just stayed in that postion, didnt even attempt to get up even after looking her over for signs of what could possibly be wrong. Anybody have any suggestions of what could be wrong??[​IMG] We have nine layer hens and this is the first time we have ever had any problem.
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    try the vitE and Vit B complex for a case of E.coli

    ***she has some kind of gut problem probably she has some nerve damage and touch of E.coli
    do this immediately
    need neurolodigal vit E and Vit B complex for nervous disorder

    (1 ***put 2 tbsp of ACV in gallon of water for all the chickens
    ** for one bird use 1 tsp for pint of water

    (2 immediately give the chicken 1000 mg capsule of liquid Vit E by cutting the end of the capsule and taking the vit E capsule and let the oil run into the chickens beak

    (3 also need to crush a vit B complex pill in a tbsp and put it into a tsp of water and suck the mixture up in a straw and put finger over the straw and let it run into the chickens throat slowly**** put it in the chickens beak after it is disolved good

    ** I would see if she will eat the #5 wet mash and put the vit's in that and mix good

    Do both Vit's twice today then for 7 days till you see some improvement in the chicken

    then give twice a week for two weeks should see much improvement

    (4 generally the shock of a event like E.coli will cause chickens to have this nerve damage

    (5 after today I would see if the chicken will eat a
    natural probiotic wet mash
    2 tbsp of dry crumbles
    3-1/2 tbsp of milk sweet, sour or buttermilk
    1 tbsp of non flavored yogurt
    mix good and put the
    vit E liquid as directed in the wet mash
    and crumble the Vit B complex tablet in a tabsp and add to the wet mash

    (6 Do this twice a day for 7 days to see if the chicken is better
    then do this once a day for another week then once a week for a while
    this should give the nervous system some stability

    (7 you can email by PM for more information and include this inf so I remember what is happening
    ** this can't hurt her but improve her situation considerably

    then use this

    2 qt of dry crumbles
    3 tbsp of cayanne pepper
    feed only this and see if it doesn't help the chickens it can't hurt them
  3. rrhens

    rrhens New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    Thank you for your advice!!
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    any possibility that she was attacked by the others?
    sometimes they go into shock and lay down and act lethargic..
    make sure you clean off any blood and try to figure out where it is from..check for peck marks, etc...

    separate her to a warm safe place with food and water where you can observe..
    electrolytes/vitamins would help with stress/shock
    (what all do you feed?)
    has she been wormed?

    describe the droppings..color and consistency..

    any mucus from eyes or nostrils?
    any wheezing?
    nostrils clogged?

    check head and "ears" for mites..
    try and use a small flashlight and look down the throat for red gape worm..or anything unusual..something stuck in the throat..
    any whitish or yellowish sores or plaque..
    black dots..
    Last edited: May 18, 2009
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Do you have buffalo gnats there? Are any of the others shaking their heads?
  6. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    could be a gnat or mosquito...

    ear mite treatment for cats can help if she has ear mites.
  7. rrhens

    rrhens New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    Thanks for all of yalls help and advice!! But unfortunately she didnt make it through the night monday:(
  8. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps


    Rrhens, I am so sorry for your loss.

    How are the rest of your hens? Are they all eating and drinking well, poops ok?

    You take care of yourself too.

    Val [​IMG]
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    So sorry for your loss. Most likely she had an internal problem that you could have done nothing about.
  10. rrhens

    rrhens New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    Quote:Thank you! All of our other hens are acting normal, happy and looking well and active as always. Yes they are eating and drinking good and poops are looking normal, we are gonna keep a good eye on em, as always, hopefully this was just an isolated incident.

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