Nearly 5 year old lethargic shaking head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by craftymelissa, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. craftymelissa

    craftymelissa Just Hatched

    Feb 6, 2017
    Will treating her for mites help her? She probably has had mites for a while but just Saturday became lethargic. I don't want to play chicken vet it is not going to help her.
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Treating for mites will certainly help her, since mites basically suck energy from birds and cause constant irritation. However, it may not completely solve whatever is wrong with her. Five years is decently old for a chicken, so she could have an internal egg laying problem, organ failure, and/or an underlying disease. The mites could be opportunistically attacking an otherwise weakened bird.

    I would treat the mites with sevin dust or poultry dust/pymethrin. I would also recommend isolating her from any other birds in a warm, clean place. Put some poultry vitamins/electrolytes in her water if possible and offer anything she'll eat. Worming her would be a good idea, too. Valbazen or Safeguard are great worming options.

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