Lethargy and dropped wings, no appetite - old Rhode Island Red

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jersey101, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Jersey101

    Jersey101 Out Of The Brooder

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    For a few days now our very old Rhode Island hasnt been eating well - doesn't touch grain, ate various other, softer things like porridge and crushed biscuits and cereals. Today she is barely moving and has dropped wings and as far as I can tell has not eaten at all. I am aware that her age is probably a factor but she is much loved so I really don't want to let her go without a fight - I at least want her comfortable. Any advice would be much appreciated.
     
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    Jersey101 Out Of The Brooder

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    And add to that I just noticed Diarrhoea :( oh dear.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    How old is she? I've noticed chickens do slow down rapidly when they're old and stops eating etc, but it sounds like your girl may be sick. I don't know what to say [​IMG]
    She may have reached the end of the road now. It's a terrible feeling watching a loved chicken die, been there myself. [​IMG]
     
  4. Jersey101

    Jersey101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I couldn't tell you exactly how old she is but for a Rhode she's a little old lady - she must have seen three generations of chickens pass through our garden! It's especially sad as she's the Granddaughter of our first ever Rhodes, Dennis and Dora, (yes she is Dora III - we had eighteen chicks and so they were all Dennis and Dora Juniors :D ) and she's the last one of her breed that we have.
    She has been ill and bounced back before but I think she is on her way out now :(. It's just a shock since we've never had one die of illness- all the old ones have just gone to sleep with their heads under their wings. Thanks for replying at least :)
     

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