Oh no, my first chicken emergency! Not sure what to do.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wabi Sabi, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Wabi Sabi

    Wabi Sabi In the Brooder

    May 28, 2010
    Woke up today and went outside to let the hens out of their coop. One of our chickens was unable to get out of the coop by herself so I lifted her out. Turns out she can't stand, can't walk, acts drunk/dizzy and keeps falling over. No balance at all.

    She's looked crappy lately but I thought that was just because she was molting. Otherwise she's been fine, just scruffy looking. She is right about one year old and I do not know if they were vaccinated against Mareks- never even occured to me to ask the person from whom I got them.

    Any suggestions? We're pretty new to chickens so I have no idea what I should do.

    Edited to add: We've removed her from the rest of the flock and have her in a dog crate for now. She ate a small cup of yogurt with no problem this morning and is now eating some feed mixed with some BOSS. She also seems to have no trouble drinking.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2010
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Try Vitamins & Electrolytes, Sometimes "drunkeness" is a deficiency. You could also try gatorade or pedialyte w/o iron.
    Also look for anything like moldy feed or poison that she might have gotten into.

    Good luck with your hen


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