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Lethargic Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hybridchucks, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    My hen Gabby is very depressed looking and sick, very lethargic and hardly walks anywhere, her comb looks awful, her poop is very very watery , her abdomen is very hard, I'm not sure what is wrong.
    This is her = IMG_3434.jpg

    I brought her into my house (She always perks up when she's at the house.) and her face isn't red like in the photo.

    Thanks!
    -Tov
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    There are several possibilities which you'll have to investigate and/or take action:
    Gabby might have external parasites, eggbound, worms, coccidiosis, or any combination.
     
  3. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    Yes, my dad did think it was egg bound, her abdomen is very swollen..

    I bathed her for at least 3 minutes wth dettol and the amount of mites that went down the plug was crazy, so she's mite free now but I still don't know whats wrong...
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    Mites suck blood and can cause anemia, then death. Poultry Nutri drench and probiotics will help her recover.
    As far as eggbound goes; soak her in warm water up to her sides for about 20 minutes. The warm water will relax her and help expand her innards so that a stuck egg may easily pass. While she is soaking, massage her underside front to rear. This will encourage her to push the egg along. After soaking, put some olive oil just inside her vent and outside the vent area. This will make it easier for her to lay the egg.
     
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  5. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    Thank you!
     
  6. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    I am also in the UK I don't think we have that brand here (poultry nutri-drench) :idunno
     
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    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

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    Look for NetTex Nutri-Drops in your pet or feed store since you are in the UK. You may also be able to order Poultry Nutri-Drench online.
     
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    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    How old is she? Has she laid eggs recently, and if so were they normal eggs? You said her abdomen was hard. Do you mean her lower belly between her legs? Fluid in the belly(ascites) or a reproductive disorder may be a problem.
     
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  9. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    Okay thank you

    2 years and a bit i think, no i don't think she's been laying eggs. Yes, in between her legs.
    Im not sure if it is fluid...
     
  10. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Crossing the Road

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    In that case ill have to give all my hens that, as they all have mites I'm sure. Will i howe to dust them as well? And what dust powder is best?
     

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