Lethargic hen....need help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lovemyladies8, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. lovemyladies8

    lovemyladies8 New Egg

    Oct 7, 2011
    Hi![​IMG] I'm new to this forum and am in desperate need of advice for my sick hen. We have 8 hens.....5 Welsummers, 1 Buff Orpington, and 2 Black AustralorpS. 1 of our Welsummers, who's about 3-4 months old started acting very lethargic (she was actually walking and fell over), sitting with feathers ruffled and closing her eyes. This just started yesterday afternoon. She was sweet enough to drop a stool sample and it was completely runny, mostly white...little bit of grayish white too. She normally doesn't like to be held, but she let me cuddle with her yesterday. I moved her feet around, flexing her joints and she didn't act as if she was in pain, in that aspect.
    Though we do provide grout, I read that she might have food stuck in her throat and to use honey to help sooth it and to rub her neck to get the food down. I have no idea if that's the case. Do I need to separate her from the flock? PLEASE HELP....ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!! THANKS SOOOOO MUCH!!!
  2. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    My production red wasn't herself the other day. When I picked her up to check her feathers for bugs and her vent, she poured a bunch of water out of her mouth. So I figured it was either sour or impacted crop. I gave her some olive oil (just kept dipping her beak in the cup and letting her "lick" it off her beak, and massaging her crop. I did that a few times, also tipping her to get more water out of her mouth, and by the end of the day she was more like her old self. Now she is completely normal. Hope this helps - I am a newbie and this was my first problem.

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