Lethargic hen, droopy comb - Possibly worms??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by COOPhilly, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. COOPhilly

    COOPhilly Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 9 month old brown leghorn hen.

    The past two or three days she has not been well. She is all hunched up like she's trying to stay warm, and not moving around much. She is worse today than yesterday.

    She did drink some water this morning but didn't eat.

    There are no unusual poops in the coop.

    She started laying eggs again the other day (after some time off). Each day they are getting smaller (1.7oz down to 1.5oz).

    A few weeks ago her comb drooped over and has stayed that way. She had a slight case of frostbite on her comb about a month ago.

    This morning I put her in a crate with a heat lamp on dry hay with some food and water and tried to give her some yogurt which she would usually love but didn't touch.

    Any thoughts? I have a vet available and can get some medicine if needed.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
  2. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you know my hen started acting exactly like that yesterday and i was told i needed to worm her so im going to do get some medicine today
     
  3. COOPhilly

    COOPhilly Out Of The Brooder

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    OK - I guess that's a real possibility. The hens do get DE in their food but maybe she needs something more. I guess I should look at her poop more closely, or do chicken worms not come out that way?
     
  4. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im not really sure either i would think that it would, maybe someone else can answer that better
     
  5. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Easy worming. Mix somecayene pepper in her/their food. Put a lot in. The worms will RUN out the back end. Do it again in 10 days to get the hatchlings. Chickens don`t have heat receptors like othe animals and will gladly eat the pepper.
     
  6. COOPhilly

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    I'd LOVE to see the worms running out of the chicken. What a great image.
     

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