Lethargic hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jahaworth89, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. jahaworth89

    jahaworth89 In the Brooder

    Dec 17, 2012
    I have a hen that seems to over night have a complete change in her personality and behavior. She is about 6 months old and has never laid an egg. But yesterday I went out to check on her since I noticed that she hadn't left the coop and she let me pick her up and just laid there, didnt make a fuss over me messing with her like she normally does. All she has done in the past 2 days is stay in the same spot and two of our other hens attacked her and normally that never happens either. We read that it could be brooding, but i was wondering if it could be somethin else?

  2. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chirping

    Oct 26, 2012
    My chickens will turn on a member if the flock if they are sick. It's more of a survival thing. They try and ward off or even kill the sick chicken so the rest of the flock isn't at risk of getting it too. My chicken was like this and it died. Happened to another and she lived... Just low immune system. Try electrolytes
  3. CJJenkins

    CJJenkins Chirping

    Apr 14, 2012
    Western North Carolina

    have you tried treating for Coccidiosis?
  4. jahaworth89

    jahaworth89 In the Brooder

    Dec 17, 2012

    What is that and how do I treat for it?

  5. jahaworth89

    jahaworth89 In the Brooder

    Dec 17, 2012
    I went to check on her this morning and she passed away on us :'(
  6. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Songster

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    I'm very sorry to hear this news. At her age and considering her symptoms it sounds like she may have had an egg laying problem. It's very hard when you don't know for sure. One of my hens died unexpectedly about a year ago, and I sometimes still wonder what went wrong. Good luck to you with the rest of your flock :)
  7. jahaworth89

    jahaworth89 In the Brooder

    Dec 17, 2012
    Thank you. I keep checking on the other ladies making sure nothing is wrong with them.

  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss.

    Are you in North Carolina? If so, you should send her for a necropsy.

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