My girl isn't doing so well..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cochunk, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2011
    My 5 and a half year old buff orphington has pale comb and wattles,breathing through her mouth, laying down, and her poop looks like tar. I currently have her set up in my room with some egg and kefir which she isn't interested in aside from a few small bites. What could it be?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Are her droppings all black and tarry? If so, that might be from internal bleeding. Has she lost weight in her breast area? Can you check her skin near the vent and elsewhere for lice or mites? A pale comb can be from molting, mite infestation, bleeding, or many other problems. Can you have her seen by a vet in the morning, or take a few fresh droppings in to be checked for worms? She sounds very sick. She needs to drink some water with vitamins and electrolytes, such as SaveAChick or NutriDrench. Many older hens can suffer from internal laying, cancer, and a number of illnesses. Hopefully, you can get her to drink and eat some.

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