One hen dead, another not looking right.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Timbertoes, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Timbertoes

    Timbertoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Posting this for a friend.
    One of her hens started not looking quite "right", kinda puffed up on Sunday night and was dead on Monday morning. Now today another hen is "off" looking.
    Her horses were being treated for colic. Vet came on Friday and the horses received tranquilizers and meds. Butte and Banamine sp? Very acute cases treated aggressively.
    The hens mess around in the manure pile, could this have something to do with them being sick and dying?
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Timbertoes

    Timbertoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ANYONE? Help!
     
  3. BuffMomma

    BuffMomma Out Of The Brooder

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    i have heard that chickens can be effected by colic i would call the vet and ask him what can be done.
     
  4. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, I have no experience with this. I hope your friend's chickens pull through. Can she isolate the sick one and keep the rest from the manure pile to see if that might be what is causing it?

    Also - any other specific symptoms other than "off?"
     
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  5. Timbertoes

    Timbertoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your responses.
    Symptoms are just 'not active, puffed feathers'
    Will call the vet, thanks
     
  6. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would isolate the sick chicken, keep any other chickens from accessing the manure, and call an avian vet. Puffed up and lethargic can be a zillion different things. I have a puffed up lethargic bird right now who has sour crop, so I have her isolated and am treating her as best I can with yogurt, olive oil and by gently massaging her crop.

    When she isolates the bird, I'd feed it plain yogurt to help with it's belly, and maybe some scrambled egg for a little protein. Fresh water with electrolytes. I'd avoid adding ACV to the water if you suspect something like sour crop.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    treat them for coccidiosis asap
     

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