My hen looks like she's falling asleep standing up...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AMT1219, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. AMT1219

    AMT1219 New Egg

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    I think my 6 month old black laying hen is sick. About an hour ago I noticed she wasn't really scratching around like the other hens and when I walked up to her she didn't really move. I've separated her from the rest of the flock and she's drinking a lot of water, not really eating. She's just standing, letting her head slowly fall and her eyes are closed. As if she's falling asleep standing up. Maybe has a fever since she's drinking so much water.

    Any ideas? Anything more I can do? I don't have a vet nearby. Do you think she'll make it?
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has she been wormed? Also, feel her breast bone to see how sharp it is. If it is prominent and sharp, she has lost weight and is becoming malnourished.
     
  3. AMT1219

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    She's definitely been dewormed. They get a de-parasite powder in their food each month. I don't believe she's malnourished - I wouldn't call her breast bone prominent or sharp. This behavior came on kind of suddenly. I only have five hens and everybody was acting normal yesterday. Even this morning they all strutted out of the coop like normal.
     
  4. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might be egg bound. Mine always just stand or sit around when they have a stuck egg. Maybe you can feel her lower abdomen. A warm water soak has always helped mine in this condition.
     
  5. AMT1219

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    It's pretty soft under there...at least, I can't feel anything hard, like an egg. Just the fact that I can feel around without even holding her tells me it's probably illness or some other kind of injury. My neighbor thinks she may have fallen from her perch last night and could have an internal injury. Her wings are sort of dropped and I can see her breathing...like she's heaving big sighs or something.

    It's heartbreaking to watch her! I am sort of giving up hope already.
     
  6. AMT1219

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    She passed a few minutes ago. The poor thing. Very sad here.
     
  7. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no!!! I'm so sorry!! So sudden.[​IMG]

    Praying your other chickens are okay...[​IMG]
     
  8. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very sorry, it's very hearbreaking to lose one. I cried for at least 2 days the first time I lost one.[​IMG]
     
  9. Bird man

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    I'd really like to figure out what this is. I sometimes see it in my new hatched quail at a couple days old. Intact I have one doing it right now. :(. The eyes close the head falls next thing you know they are all wobly and keep falling down then they are flat with big Xs on there eyes. Always makes me sad.
     
  10. Chicken Goddess

    Chicken Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    HELP!!! PLEASE HELP!!! I have a baby leghorn chick around 15 wks olds. She might be sick, not sure but maybe. see, when i go to pick her up she usually runs away from me. But know, she just stays there and doesn't mind....
     

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