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My chickens ill, what can I do?!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Katonah, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Katonah

    Katonah New Egg

    Oct 4, 2012

    We have five chickens and lately one of them (she looks like a leghorn, but i wasnt with my dad when he bought her so im not so sure) has become lethargic and isn't eating or drinking. We have checked and covered them all for mites and worms, and have checked her again for them.
    She was out in the rain yesterday, and wasn't moving, which is when we noticed she was lethargic. I took her into the chicken coop, and she's not moved since when I put her in there, and all the other chickens are fine and out in the sun/wind.
    I moved her into a cat travel basket and she's now in my house, I'm having to force her some water, because I put it there but she just isn't interested.
    Her chest bone is REALLY promenant, and she can hardly stand up.. When she does it's like a penguin standing. Her comb is going purple on the ends, and she just will not eat. :/
    As I said, I am making her drink water (though I am not sure on how much, so when she finishes this little square, how much should I give her?)
    I tried giving her corn, and when she noticed it, she tried to eat it, but couldnt peck at it enough, we don't have any watermelon, or grapes etc. she won't even eat bread.

    Can somebody please help me, I love my chicken and I don't know what's wrong or what I can do.

    Thank you so much in advance!

  2. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    sorry to hear about your chicken. you should try posting this in: fourm, raising backyard chickenes, Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures. good luck to ya.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Do as jbirds2012 suggested and good luck!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Katonah, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! I agree with what posters above have suggested. Good luck to you!
  5. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
  6. Katonah

    Katonah New Egg

    Oct 4, 2012
    Thank you for all the warm welcomes, I posted over in that area and got a hasty reply. She seems to be eating now, thanks guys. I hope she gets better.

  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Good luck with her :fl
  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    [​IMG] Sorry about your hen. :hugs There is something about the penguin stance. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/602773/new-chickens-in-quarantine Try and check to see if she is egg bound~ Also you could treat for coccidiosis https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/4425/constantly-sleepy-hen there is an eggbound link within this link also https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/684292/eggbound-hen-update-on-pg-2 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/41808/treatment-for-coccidiosis/10 . Being that skinny is not a good sign. Maybe you can get some scrambled eggs in her too. Good Luck
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  9. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]Hope she is doing better.
  10. 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. Good advice given. Good luck. :thumbsup

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