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Lethargic hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CJMoore, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. CJMoore

    CJMoore Hatching

    Feb 25, 2013
    Hi I have a poorly, lethargic hen.

    She is hunching her neck and looks quite big, I think her feathers are slightly lifted making her appear bigger.

    She feels ok, still has plenty of meat and I can feel her breast bone.

    Her poo is yellow with green and is firm not runny.

    Her crop appears to be empty, I can feel it, it feels small and firm not balloon like normal. So I guess she is not eating.

    We do have red mite and have been treating for a while, although not gone it is quite a small infestation.

    We have just dusted all the birds again and have started worming again just to be sure.

    Many thanks

  2. CJMoore

    CJMoore Hatching

    Feb 25, 2013
    Sorry forgot to actually ask a question, any thoughts or other things I can check?
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Hunching her neck could be a sign of capillary worms. Worm her with either valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer or safeguard liquid goat wormer, then repeat worming her again 10 days later. Dosage for either wormer is 1/2cc orally undiluted.
    It's also imperative that you eliminate the red mites. They can cause anemia, then death.

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