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Need urgent help with a sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by usman5766, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. usman5766

    usman5766 In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2012
    my pullet is acting lethargic and lazy...isn't taking much interest in free ranging.. Ive checked her vent for egg binding... i didn't see her vent pulsating as the egg binding symptoms indicate such behavior .. there's no snot or fluid around her nose or mouth... she isn't wheezing or sneezing and no fluid in abdomen either...and no crop impaction,,, any idea whats happening before i loose the bird...

  2. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Songster

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    The "pulsing vent" is normal for all hens, not an indication of a problem.
    How old is she? Have you ever wormed your flock? Brought in any new birds in recent weeks?

    Check her over, check her breath.. . has she been laying normally ... has she stopped?

    Topics to search... read up on after using the Search box here at the top of the page... EGGBOUND... sour crop....

    Do they freerange? Could she have eaten moldy food or something toxic?

    You can get Duramycin (water soluable tetracycline)... mix it in water.. 1 teaspoon per gallon of drinking water...
    You can separate her from the rest of the flock.. keep her warm and dry and watch to see that she is eating, pooping, drinking and breathing normally.. or not.

    As far as worming goes.. if you have not ever and they are old enough.. search VALBAZEN.. or "worming with Valbazen".

    Clean coop, fresh food and water regularly.. keep things clean and ventilated for the entire flock. Never use Cedar Shavings.

    Treating for Eggbound is easy and harmless.. you can run a sink with warm water and soak her in the warm water.. while you check for anything inside her.. be careful not to break any egg you feel inside her.. stimulating her vent while you check for a stuck egg will make her want to poop or lay if she needs to.

    Mites on chickens can drain them of energy and health as well. Do you dust with Sevin Dust now and then as preventative? Or, have you checked for mites around the vent, under the wings (armpits) or around the eyes?

    Please use the search for all the relavent terms.. read up ... you will get better info from others. Search and read on 'treating mites with Sevin dust' as well as the Eggbound and Valbazen subjects.

    Much depends on the age and enviroment of your chickens/flock. Best of luck.
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