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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Emfa3000, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. Emfa3000

    Emfa3000 Hatching

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    Hello. I have a hen (chicken) who can't seem to be able to eat. She has mucus coming from her beak and inside it there is a greenish black area. It smells foul and she is drinking a lot of water. Is there some way I can treat this? She has lost a lot of weight and is trying to eat but is unable to.
     
  2. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Ok
     
  3. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    You need to get some food into her is she eating more water than normal? If she is you should give her a little less There is a treatment. Sorry can not remember what it is called how long has she been like this? Get her away from any other chickens you should bring her inside and keep her warm
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] That chicken needs some antibiotics and quickly. If you can get some, Tylan 50 is very effective. If you have any other chickens in your flock, separate and quarantine this one immediately, so she doesn't make the others sick as well. Best of luck with her!
     
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  5. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Make her eat it will just get worse.

    Hand feed her if you need to but it will make it REALLY bad!

    Does she have trouble swallowing food?
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

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    Foul smelling drainage and lesion inside mouth sounds like an abscess. Is there any sign of swelling on the outside of her face/throat?.

    Agree she needs isolation, antibiotics and nutrition.

    This is a true emergency, and I would suggest you also post your issue under emergencies forum and hopefully will get more advice or similar experiences. If you have someone to help, try to get a photo of the oral lesion to add to post.

    Make sure she is getting water, If she won't drink, try an eyedropper and dribble it at the beak and see if she can swallow. Add water to feed to soften, and hand feed small amounts to see if she can eat.

    If you have access to a vet, contact them.

    I do welcome you to our group, wish it were a happy new member announcement, good wishes for your chicken's outcome.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Best of luck with your hen! Hope you can fix whatever is wrong![​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    Hope you will get help for her before it is too late. Really sounds bad to me. There is no way she would get over this on her own.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    I'm sorry about your sick hen. [​IMG]She won't make it without help. The above posters have given you some good advice as to what might be wrong, and I would definitely post about her in the Emergencies section of the forums.
     

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