listless hen not eating or drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vstoltzfus, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    Here are the facts on my sick hen:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Red sex link, 15 mos, and 3 pounds
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Very listless, eyes closed most of time, head held to side, sitting mostly
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 2 days
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No, not that I can tell.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. No.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Hasn't eaten today. I gave her water in a syringe.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Watery and greenish.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? None besides forcing fluids into her.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Treat myself.
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Dirt in chicken run, wire floor in coop.

    Normally I am very realistic about my animals. I know that if I have livestock than eventually I will have deadstock. But this little hen seems so pitiful and has been struggling for 2 days now, so I thought I'd get some advice. I have been treating for mites. Please let me know if you need more information.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Greenish poo could be from worms. It can also be from not eating enough. Even organ trouble can cause green poo. Have you ever wormed your flock? She might have some sort of intestinal infection since she has no other symptoms of illness.

    About the only thing you could try is antibiotics. Also, you could add some sugar to the water you are giving her, make it sweet, so that she is getting some calories. You could always give her a small amount of gerber baby food in a syringe if it gets to that point.

    I am so sorry that I am not much help here. [​IMG]:hugs

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