legarthic, droopy, with neck feathers sticking out - What is wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tackyrama, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. tackyrama

    tackyrama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two chickens that are acting very legarthic and with their neck feathers sticking out. Crop is empty. They are buff orpingtons less than 1 yr old. They are free range but have been inside for two days since the cold weather set in. One of the orpingtron hens has the same symptoms to a lesser degree. This is a mixed flock so the orps are to some extent "picked" on.The rest seem to be just fine. Please someone tell me whats wrong??
     
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  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    As the signs/symptoms you describe could be any number of things. I'd seperate out the two puny ones and bring them in (low light/quiet/warm) and observe how much they're eating/quality-quantity of stool, activity level, etc.

    Also additional protein (scrambled eggs, etc.), and the usual supplements (electrolytes and vitamins):

    1 1/4 teasoon sodium chloride (NaCl, common salt)
    1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
    rounded 1/2 teaspoon potassium chloride (commonly called "Muriate of Potash". Salt substitutes contain mostly potassium chloride)
    2 tablespoons glucose (a common source is corn syrup)
    1/2 gallon water

    Polyvisol without iron: 5 drops a day for a week and then taper off.

    If you observe this behavior in more of your girls, or the puny ones exhibit more specific symptoms please post it up!

    Good luck!
     

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