Molting and Lethargic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Altheian, May 17, 2014.

  1. Altheian

    Altheian New Egg

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    I recently moved house, and took my 2 hens with me. For the first week they seemed to be doing ok, but now they are showing strange signs of possible illness.
    The house I've moved to already has 3 younger chickens, one of which I believe is a rooster.

    One hen (white) has become overly lethargic. One afternoon when I checked them for mites, I was able to hold her on the ground without even a slight struggle, and when I was finished checking, she stayed in the same place for over 10 minutes, looking to be falling asleep.
    The other hen (black) has been losing her feathers. I am thinking it could just be her molting, but I noticed she has also started walking strangely, as though she is losing her balance, and she is walking by crossing her legs over sometimes to regain balance. I've attached a few photos of both hens, though the white hen's symptoms are purely behavioral.

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    If anyone has any idea what could be causing these behaviours and physical symptoms, please let me know. Thank you!
     
  2. mchlldickson

    mchlldickson Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having the same problem with my 4 month old buff orphington. :(
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    New soil, new strains of coccidia. Treat them both ASAP. The molting hen walking a bit funny, is normal. They feel miserably uncomfortable, and all those pin feathers coming in and getting rubbed while walking really doesn't help.
     

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