My hen is unstable on her feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Debdcs, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Debdcs

    Debdcs New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Mar 29, 2017
    I am new to the forum and was hoping that someone would be able to give me some advise to help my chicken. She is around 2 years old and is a rescue hen. Over the past few days I have noticed she has become unstable on her feet and even the wind has blown her over. She does not seem to have the strength to get back up. She is eating and drinking, has slightly runny poo but apart from that she seems fine. I have read the info on Marek's and do not think it is that. She has only just grown back her feathers after a year of having her, she is also underweight but has been small since I have had her.

    Any advise would be grateful!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    30,547
    4,912
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Since she is an ex-battery hen, she could be very prone to getting coccidiosis. You could take some fresh droppings in to a vet to get it tested for worms and cocci to know for sure. Or you could just give her a 5-7 day round of Corid, and worm her with Valbazen or SafeGuard. I would make sure that she is drinking enough, and some vitamins with electrolytes would be good to add to her water.
     
  3. Debdcs

    Debdcs New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Mar 29, 2017
    Thank you for your response I have looked a bit more into this and I think that you are right, she is showing these symptoms and looking at some photos on the web of what the hens look like she is showing the same. I will get some of the corid tomorrow and start her on it. I managed to get some vitamin supplements today and she is now indoors with us so fingers crossed we can get her well again. Once again thank you
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    30,547
    4,912
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Dosage of Corid (amprollium) is 1 1/2 tsp of the powder or 2 tsp of the liquid, per gallon of water as their only source, for 5-7 days. Afterward, follow up with a tsp of probiotic yogurt per bird and aome vitamins in the water, for a few days.
     
  5. Debdcs

    Debdcs New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Mar 29, 2017
    Thank you for your help unfortunately my girl passed away this afternoon. I do not think she was ever right when I got her however we gave her the best year of her life. It will not put me off getting rescue birds and will look at increasing the flock at some point, my other 2 girls are in good shape and doing well.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    30,547
    4,912
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You are doing good things for these rescue hens. Without knowing what she had through a necropsy, if she had something that could make carriers of the other chickens around her, sosmething like Mareks or other viruses, it could spread. Hopefully, she just had some problems with immunity. I can give you contact info for state poultry labs or vets if you wish to ever get a necropsy done in the future. Take care.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by