Lethargic and feverish hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KarenKS, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. KarenKS

    KarenKS New Egg

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    I have a almost 1 year old hen who is lethargic and fevered, not interested in food or water, but her color is fine. She has diarrhea on her butt, but I checked her and she does not seem to be egg bound.

    Yesterday I noticed she did not come for feed with everyone else, she was in the nest box though so I figured she was just laying, that night she was still in the nest box, I thought maybe she was getting broody. This morning she came out with everyone when I opened up the coop, When I checked on the chickens at noon she was sleeping in an odd place, but I did not have time to do a complete physical, and when I went to lock them in at 6ish she was still in the same spot. At that point I picked her up and could feel how hot she is, she is also not limp, but loose feeling, did not struggle at all when I examined her, including lubing up a finger and feeling for an egg.

    I have her separated with antibiotics in her water. Any other diagnostics I can do? I am a large animal vet tech, but do not have any experience with sick chickens!

    Thanks, Karen
     
  2. dawg53

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    Welcome to BYC. Since you suspect that she's not eggbound; inspect her closely for lice/mites, and worm her. I recommend valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer, 1/2cc orally undiluted and repeat again in 10 days.
     
  3. KarenKS

    KarenKS New Egg

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    She does not look like she has mites or lice. She won't even swallow water this morning so I don't think I can get dewormer into her. She is much worse today can not walk breathing heavily , her Combe is turning a dark purplish color and unwilling to swallow. Don't think she is going to pull through. I gave her a warm bath which she seemed to like and got all the poop off her butt, but she has not pooped again at all. When I pried her beak open to try and syringe antibiotic water into her she had stringy mucus in her mouth.
     

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