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My First Sick Chicken: Does It Sound Like She'll Make It?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HJECG, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. HJECG

    HJECG Out Of The Brooder

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    Lulu, my 7 or 8 month old Splash Marans pullet seemed to stop growing at all or developing a few weeks ago. And then I noticed 3-4 days ago that she was very listless and quiet. Now she has lost weight and clearly has some kind of infection in both eyes. They're covered with a film of bubbly, very white pus. She's stopped eating too :-( No coughing or sneezing or wheezing. She just sits quietky and looks miserable. I've obviously now separated her from my other hens, and she has a cozy indoor crate. While I am 100% willing to take her to the vet if the odds are that she can be helped/saved, but I don't yet know enough about chicken health to decide whether this sounds super bad or more like something that a shot of chicken penicillin can clear up. Obviously, nobody can tell me for sure, but how bad does this sound to you guys? Thanks for any input.
     
  2. UrbanviewFarm

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    I don't have quite enough info but my first guess would be a respiratory issue.
     
  3. UrbanviewFarm

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    Can you see or smell anything abnormal in the mouth?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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  5. HJECG

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    Thank you so much for the info and link. I'll be contacting the state vet right away tomorrow. Poor Lulu :-(
     

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