Missing Chicken Found Under A Bucket and is VERY SICK. PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mary Coleman, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2012
    North Eastern Oregon
    One of my Banty hens has been missing for several days now and I just found her today trapped under a bucket. When I first found her she could still walk a little and ate quite a bit but she would not drink anything. Later this afternoon her health has gotten far worse and I noticed that she's covered in lice/ mites. She can't even stand now and she wont eat or drink. I tried making a little watery smoothie for her with banana and strawberry hoping this would perk her up, but I had to use a syringe to get any down her throat. When it went down, shed tense up and flail her head back so I stopped because I'm afraid that I'm going to drown her. I really have no idea what to do. She's inside in an isolated cage right now just laying face down in wood shavings...
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2017
  2. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2016
    It may be too late, but you really need to treat her for the life and mites. I would get some permethrin dust and dust her asap. It takes very little, but worked for me. Keep trying to get food down her, and good luck!
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I'm glad you found her.

    Since she's been missing/trapped for several days - she' most likely dehydrated and possibly in shock. Since she ate when you found her, try to encourage her to drink or get liquids into her. If you have electrolytes or poultry vitamins that would be good. If you have syringes, you may want to syringe small amounts of fluid into her.

    As suggested lightly treat her for the lice/mites so she will be more comfortable.

    Keep us posted.

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