One chicken obviously feeling poorly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jmpurser, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. jmpurser

    jmpurser Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got one chicken who has really started acting like she was feeling poorly. Two days ago she didn't leave the pen when I let the rest of the chickens out. Yesterday she was just standing under the shelter not interacting with the rest of the chickens. Today she's sitting on the ground with her head nodding.

    I think I need the ABC's of chicken diagnostics. I don't even know where to BEGIN to diagnose chicken troubles.

    This is a previously healthy chicken, about 3 years old, White, and of a good weight. She really looks like she was thriving fine up until about 3 days ago. Her comb may be a little darker than it was. Other than that I can't really see anything wrong with her.

    Any suggestions? And when do you put a chicken down? If I can't cure her I don't want her to suffer.

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I recommend that you inspect her closely for lice/mites. Other possibilities could be eggbound or need to be wormed.
     
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  3. jmpurser

    jmpurser Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I've been reading and suspected egg bound. I soaked her for an hour in a 5 gal bucket with warm slightly soapy water. Then I held her and tried to massage her a bit. She's clearly tender and there's pressure on her anus but I can't feel an egg. Not sure what's going on now.

    No signs of lice or anything. Not sure what to look for in worms.

    She's clearly much more comfortable in the bucket so I'm going to leave her there for now.

    John
     
  4. jmpurser

    jmpurser Out Of The Brooder

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    I soaked her in a 5 gallon bucket with about 6" of soapy water with a little vinegar in it for about an hour and a half. She didn't drop an egg but did seem to be much more alert and active when I took her out. I wrapped her loosely in burlap and set her on a nesting box and left her. She came out shortly and was competing for food with the others. She wasn't nearly back to normal but that was the most activity I've seen from her in days.
     
  5. jmpurser

    jmpurser Out Of The Brooder

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    And then she died. I should have moved immediately when I saw her acting oddly. By the time I did something what I should have done is put her down.

    Lesson learned.
     
  6. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Yeah... usually by the time they exhibit symptoms ... it's bad and you do have to take action quickly. Sometimes you have to take your best stab at treatment based on the symptoms and info immmediately available. So sorry she died...
     
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