New to Chickens - 1 Dead, another ill. Help appreciated!


Jul 19, 2016
I had 9 hens. I noticed one very lethargic and having trouble keeping up with the other girls while running across yard. I set her aside and tried getting her to eat and drink and no luck. I gave electrolytes via dropper and she slept in the coop. Next day she was not walking and all day she slept. I would wake her to give electrolytes. She passed that night.

The following morning (yesterday) I noticed another chicken did not come running for the morning treats. I've been watching her yesterday and today and this is what I see: diarrhea, not eating, lethargic, drinking water.

Any clues as to what could be going on with my flock? I'm utterly confused. They are 19 weeks old. Not laying yet. I have Terra Vet and electrolytes in the water now. I cannot seem to coax this one to eat either. Any tips on that would be appreciated.

When I try to isolate her she is very stressed out and wants to get back to the flock.

Thanks in advance.


Up Northerner
11 Years
Mar 26, 2011
Upper Peninsula Michigan
I'm sorry to hear about your hens. Can you be more specific about symptoms? Are they able to walk or do they appear weak? Do they drag legs or wings? What kind of food are you feeding, and have you changed lately? Were your birds vaccinated for anything, and if so what?

Hopefully you will get some more responses.

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