overnight lethargic, not eating or drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Molly Muffin, May 1, 2008.

  1. Molly Muffin

    Molly Muffin Hatching

    Nov 6, 2007
    please help!

    My 2yr old hen, bottom of pecking order in flock of seven very socialized backyard chickens. This afternoon she was listless when I brought out kitchen greens. I brought her in the house. She won't eat or drink. She has very running poop and is wilting before my eyes.

    What's wrong?! and what can I do to help. She won't be here in the morning at this rate. She is such a sweetheart.
  2. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I'm so sorry to hear about your hen. I pray she makes it through the night. Is there any favorite foods she might eat? Mine loved scrambled egg and fine shredded cheese. You can also try giving her liquid baby vitamins (Poly-Vi-Sol) - a few drops directly in beak. Might help keep her strength up. Could she be egg bound?

    Looks like you joined in November but this is only your second post - sorry it had to be about something so heartwrenching.
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    When was the last time you wormed her? Is there any puddles or water sources which might be stagnant that she could have drank from?
    Dont worry bout the food at this moment...keep her warm and stress free and hydrated.
  4. Molly Muffin

    Molly Muffin Hatching

    Nov 6, 2007
    I'm new to chat rooms and just saw your reply. Thanks!

    I have never wormed thinking I shouldn't if the hens don't need it. How does one know when their chickens do need worming? Yellow foamy runny poop? Any advice on the safest wormer?

    No puddles are available to my hens. There may be some mold in the lower layers of straw in the run. thanks again
  5. JordanFamily

    JordanFamily Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Archie, MO
    I'm ne to chickens but I worm my dogs once a month...

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