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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by featherbabies91, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. featherbabies91

    featherbabies91 New Egg

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    Hello im new on here. We have 4 isa brown hens about 1.5yrs old. We woke at 5am to the noise of a chook in struggle when we went outside 'Cinderella' had sadly passed away and dragged to the garden bed and poor 'Dora' was alive but not moving anything but her eyes. The other two were ok. We took Dora inside and kept her warm. No sign of blood or wounds anywhere except a few missing feathers and a tiny blood spot on her crown. Upon assessing her she cannot use her right leg and her neck is floppy but she is able to turn her head. Her eyes are closed mostly but they do open regulary. She isnt really interested in food or water but i have forced her with pellets soaked in water and water via a syringe. Only small amounts every hour or two since as she gets upset. I just checked her and she hasnt pooed yet and its been over 8 hours and also her crop is full. Ive googled stuff but im unsure what to do. Is she suffering? Should i persist or take her to be put down at the vet? For all you chicken lovers out there please help me. I dont know what to do and i cant stand watching her just lay there and blink because i dont know what I'm doing. HELP ME PLEASE!!!! [​IMG]
    Thanks chels
     
  2. featherbabies91

    featherbabies91 New Egg

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    Ps it must have been a fox
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - I'm sorry that it is not under better circumstances that you join us. I'd strongly suggest re-posting your question on the "Emergencies, diseases, injuries and cures" forum for further advice - the more details you can provide, the better peeps there can help you.

    All the best
    CT
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sounds like she had an head injury, which could cause the floppy neck etc. Please do NOT attempt to force feed till she is a acting more "with it," and aware of what is going on. She may have leg injury or puncture you cannot see with all her feathers. Monitor her for signs of infection -. It is more important for her to have water (with a bit of sugar) or electrolytes. When she is alert she may accept things like a finely mashed hard boiled egg - moistened with a bit of water or plain yogurt. She may later eat some warm cooked oatmeal .

    Chickens generally have great recuperative abilities - please don't rush to have her put down.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C gobble gobble Premium Member Project Manager

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    Sorry for your loss and the injured girl. The emergencies forum members should be able to help you out. I hope Dora makes a full recovery.

    It's nice to have you join us, good luck!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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