Lethargic Chicken Please Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MiniBird, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. MiniBird

    MiniBird Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Jul 4, 2014
    I have a 4 year old Australorp hen that has recently been acting very lethargic. She's been getting slower over the last few days, an recently all she wants to do is sleep. But she's eating and drinking too, and will actually trot over to me when I bring the food bowls to her. However, she has white poop that almost has the consistency of egg whites, and when I picked her up to examine her crop, I couldn't feel it at all. All I felt was her breast bone. Also, she's always had minor breathing problems, but recently she's seems to be more congested and sometimes has to open her mouth to breath. Anyone know what is wrong and I what I can do for her??
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,337
    3,406
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would suspect that she could be suffering from internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis. Symptoms can be lethargy, a reluctance to walk, passing egg material in the droppings, weight loss or fluid collection in the lower abdomen, shortness of breath, and sometimes walking upright or waddling like a penguin. Antibiotics such as penicillin or Baytril may help for awhile, but if you can have a vet see her, you might know for sure what is going on. I would deform her right away with Valbazen or fenbendazole if that hasn't been done recently, since worms could be a problem.
     
  3. MiniBird

    MiniBird Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Jul 4, 2014
    Thanks so much for the quick reply! Does it matter though that she quit laying about a couple years ago?
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    She may be laying internally, which causes peritonitis.
     
  5. MiniBird

    MiniBird Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Jul 4, 2014
    Okay thanks for your input I'll check out your suggestions for her recovery! :)
     
  6. Luvmybuttergirl

    Luvmybuttergirl New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Aug 22, 2013
    I'm having the same issue with one of my girls. This is the 4th time in about 8 months that I have had her on antibiotic injections. She slowly gets better.... Is good for a couple months.... Then sick again. If it is peritonitis...… is there a cure other than what I'm doing?
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Have you wormed your hens lately? I am sorry to tell you that if it is peritonitis, there is no cure.
     
  8. Luvmybuttergirl

    Luvmybuttergirl New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Aug 22, 2013
    Ok. I will try worming her too. Hopefully the an antibiotics help. I just don't want her to be in pain.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by