My chicken is sick!! HELP!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cmarino8208, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. cmarino8208

    cmarino8208 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    Hello, I am new at keeping chickens. My chicken is sick. I am not sure what type she is (red with a little black on her tail). Her name is Marge. I have seven chickens and we let them free range all day and we lock them in the coop at night. They love being outside all day. Two weeks ago I noticed them all to have dirty butts, on closer inspection they were coved in lice (all seven of them). I cleaned out the coop and sprinkled sevin through the coop and one by one I placed each chicken in a pillow case and powdered them good. Eight days later I repeated this whole process. The other 6 chickens look and act fine. But the one is not so good. She has been isolating herself from the group and closing her eyes and resting most days, she even tucks her head under her wing. She is not eating as much as the others. Every once in a while she makes a weird respiratory noise. She shakes her head a few times a day (mostly after eating) she opens her mouth frequently. She does perk up if I bring out a treat. Yesterday, I looked down her throat and it was normal (I was looking for the gape worm that I had convinced myself she had). Today I put 30 cc Wazine-17 in one gallon of water for them (I don't think any of them have ever been wormed) she wont drink it. So I decided to really give her a once over this morning. She is missing feathers on her neck and near her vent. I did not see any lice or other bugs on her but she does still have egg clusters near her vent (they are now dark brown) The last time she went to the bathroom it was a small dropping of white with a little water. When I tried to look down her mouth today her beak was slimy and she had not had a drink because I was watching her. She is only 18 months old, and I don't know what to do. I feed them Gold Seal feed, grit, oyster shells, scraps, and they get to eat all the grass and bugs they want.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]. You'll get better responses in the Emergency and Illness section
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Yes, there are a lot of very helpful peopple who hang out in the Injuries and Diseases section. Good luck with your hen.
  4. cmarino8208

    cmarino8208 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    Thank you for letting me know, I just re posted.
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Hi, [​IMG] from California, good luck with your sick chicken.

  6. cmarino8208

    cmarino8208 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    Thank you! I have been reading threads on BYC for a while and decided to join today. I am so glad that their are so many helpful, friendly people.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Good luck with your chicken.
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Good luck with Marge [​IMG]
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup
  10. Chicken Techie

    Chicken Techie Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2012
    Goffstown NH
    im no chicken doctor or even expert but if it helps i think she is a new hampshire red breed, rhode island reds don't have black tail feathers

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