Old Hen Off Balance

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mahlzeit, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 10 or 11 year old blue laced red wyandotte who has recently become off balanced. She has a hard time staying upright and tends to fall to the side or sometimes front and back. She still comes out of the coop everyday and gets back in as well. I also noticed she has become really skinny but she still eats and drinks. Could this all be caused from worms?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    My goodness, she is a senior citizen! She could be losing weight because of her age. Worming her would be simple though since most chickens have a worm or two if they are on grass and soil. Valbazen is very good for most poultry worms, 1/2 tsp given orally, and repeated in 10 days. SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer is good as well--give 1/4 ml per pound of weight once and repeat in 10 days for common worms. For more difficult worms I would give it 5 days in a row. What feed does she eat? Chopped egg, and a little bit of plain yogurt are food in addition to a balanced layer or all flock feed. Sometimes seeing could be a problem, so make sure that she knows where her food and water is.
     
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  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, she is getting up there. She has been an awesome egg hatcher and mom for me for the last 8 years. She's one of the very few who isn't in my 2 year bird rotation. I'll see if I can get some valbazen. She still has sharp eyesight and comes out of the coop and eats and drinks. I have layer ration free choice because she is with other hens who lay and all my birds get greens and food scraps daily.
     

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