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Need help for lethargic hen w/ sensitive beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gardener_in_Training, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Gardener_in_Training

    Gardener_in_Training In the Brooder

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    One of my 5-mo. hens is acting lethargic and doesn't seem very interested in food. When I found her in the coop about an hour ago, it looked like her beak was cracked. Upon further inspection, I noticed that it was one 'layer' of her top beak that had separated, like it has flaked off - if that makes any sense. The 'flake' was almost completely loose and came off with a little wiggling. It appears that the exposed part of her beak underneath has hardened, but maybe it's still sensitive. She appears to have a fully intact beak.

    I have separated her into her own pen in the garage with water, and food mixed with water to soften it. I offered her some yogurt and she barely touched it (and it's a fave!). I plan to put some antibiotic ointment on her beak after my husband gets home and can assist me in holding her.

    Any thoughts on what else I should do? Should I just let her rest and keep offering her soft foods? Does this sound like an emergency to you? Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Gardener_in_Training

    Gardener_in_Training In the Brooder

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    Anyone? [​IMG]
     
  3. Gardener_in_Training

    Gardener_in_Training In the Brooder

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    She looks more perky and energetic this morning, but not 100%. I've been able to get her to eat some scrambled egg and got a dropper to run some water into her mouth (not sure how much she actually drank, as she seemed to shake 1/2 of it out of her mouth each time!). I used the formula on this forum to put some baby aspirin in her water, hoping it dulls the pain enough that she can eat like normal.

    I am considering going to the feed store on my lunch break to get a vitamin mix for her water and maybe some baby bird formula to either feed straight with the dropper or to mix into her mushy food I prepared for her. Do these seem like good ideas?

    Also, I assume it's best to keep her separated from the other two hens? I didn't see any evidence of the others picking on her and she does seem pretty bored and lonely, but separation is usually recommended, it seems.
     
  4. cristina33

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    sounds like you are doing everything right. I would keep her on soft foods for awhile till her beak heals [​IMG]
     

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