Lethargic hen- lacking interest- comb has fallen to the side.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eggsrcool, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Ok, I have an ex-battery hen. She was healthy until this morning, when she came outside, I noticed she was a bit slow, and her comb which was upright last night had fallen to the side a bit- how you might see on a leghorn for example. I went out and came back to find her sitting on her egg in the nesting box. I picked her up and popped her outside, where she ate and drank a bit. She then went an sat underneath a bush for a few hours. She used to run after me if I threw some food on the ground, today she did run, but not as fast as usual. I just put her into bed, and she was sitting in the nesting box again. I have serious doubts that she is broody, she does not cluck or peck at me, roll eggs under her, etc.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.Ex-battery, unknown age or weight

    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Lethargic, lacking interest, comb has fallen to one side.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. No

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Corn, cracked corn, water

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. No poop has been looked at yet

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Treat myself

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Im afraid I dont have any pictures as of present.

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Woodshavings and straw

    She has been laying eggs, she laid one today. I'm thinking it could be due to overcrowding. About 15 birds stayed in a house made for 12, because another house was being used for chicks. She was wormed last month, and will be wormed later this month- they are probably due for worming tomorrow. She has been eating and drinking, but her crop is squidy, not full. I will be trying to examine her poop ASAP.

    Thank you very much! [​IMG]
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    All she is eating is corn? She may be needing certain vitamins & minerals not found in corn. Try feeding her some commercial layer feed and you could give her some poultry vitamins as a boost to her system.
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:Oh yeah, she is also eating layers pellets.

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