Lethargic Hen. Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Quinstar, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed my hen was acting strangley yesterday. Today i found her falling asleep standing up in the yard. Her crop is empty so I don't think she's eating. Felt for an egg but she doesn't apoear to be egg bound. Comb and wattles are still bright red. She does appear to be breathing a little heavy. Any thoughts?

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  2. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There might still be an egg there. Maybe the heavy breathing could be attributed to hot weather...?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    This stance is called puffing up, and it happens with a lot of illnesses. Depending on her age, coccidiosis may be a problem if there is lethargy, puffing up, poor appetite, diarrhea with or without blood, and ruffled feathers. Corid (amprollium) is the treatment. Worms, mites, or infection could be a problem. I would take a rubber glove and examine the inside of her vent 1-2 inches to check for an egg--if egg bound, put her in a shallow warm bath and gently massage her from the abdomen toward the vent. Don't put her in a bath if she is very weak since it could kill her. Look for any signs of respiratory infection--nasal drainage, foam in eyes, sneezing, rattles, etc.
     
  4. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! She is standing sleeping just fine so she doesn't really seem weak, just really tired. I've seen no foam or discharge or blood in stool. She did have a watery yellow poop. I will check her vent for an egg.
     
  5. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just checked her for an egg and didn't feel anything. Is there any reason not to try Corid?
     
  6. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, she is not eating or drinking a thing. How can I get some nutrients in her?
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If she has coccidiosis, then her belly is hurting, so she doesn't feel like eating. But if you start the Corid you will need to see that she gets it either by dipping her beak in a small cup of the mixture or giving it carefully with a dropper. You can give a drop or 2 of the liquid Corid undiluted to get some into her. There is no harm in treating. The dosage is 2 tsp of liquid Corid ( or 1 1/2 tsp of powder) per gallon for 5-7 days. After Corid is finished, give probiotics and vitamins for several days. Then I would worm her with Valbazen or SafeGuard Goat Wormer. Below are pictures of a chick with coccidiosis, and what the intestines look like of a chick that had cocci.

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  8. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! She is a littler over a year old and not really puffed up at all, but if it can't hurt I'd rather treat her just in case. I'll pick up some Corid in the morning.
     
  9. Quinstar

    Quinstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is starting to sound slightly weezy... What are my options if its respiratory?
     
  10. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What happened to her?
     

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