Please Help! Chicken almost dead then comes back to life with TLC.. I don't understand what is happe

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RideRed93, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. RideRed93

    RideRed93 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Can someone please help me with this situation I've been put in? I just can't fathom it..

    About a month ago I found one of my chickens outside in the pasture "dead". I picked her up and her neck was limp as if she was dead but she was surely alive. I took her in the warm house knowing she's going to die. In the time that I had with her I encouraged her to drink by putting her beak in the water. She couldn't hold her head up at all and couldn't stand- she would just lay there but she tried so hard to lift her head. She also acted like she was in pain. She would puff up her feathers suddenly every now and then; she almost acted like she was trying to be a peacock.. A few days passed and she started sitting on her own and trying to hold her head up. Next thing you know she is drinking on her own and even eating on her own with her head up! She would try to walk but couldn't go very far. Today, she is holding up her own head, eating, drinking, walking and clucking like a good healthy chicken.

    I guess what I am asking is there something that caused it? It hadn't gotten very cold outside at the time I can't think of what could've been the problem. No fighting, no animals got in their pen, she hadn't been stepped on, she had plenty of feed and water..

    She Almost died
    Couldn't hold her head up
    She was limp
    Wouldn't eat drink or walk
    Now she's doing just fine like nothing happened.

    I'm so curious to know, but I also went out this morning to find another chicken with the same symptoms.. Hopefully I can get her to pull through.
    Any thoughts are great.. and thank you in advance!
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    If it was just one hen I might say something like egg bound
    but then I would need to know about age of Hen and the
    other thing is how many Roosters if any at all are in the same
    pin whit your Lady's [​IMG]as one Rooster to at least three
    Hen's in one pin as about right and no more Rooster's and
    no less Hen's as too many hens can stress the Hen's little
    body's in a short time .... Now I only wright this as it was a
    problem I have had in the past when the new flock comes
    of age before I ether sell them or invite them in for dinner ....

  3. RideRed93

    RideRed93 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Yes, it was just one hen, but now it is 2.
    The hens that are affected are not even a year old. I got them this spring.. and if they would've had a problem wouldn't you think they would've died earlier than now?
    Also I had a rooster, but he just died from the cold I think.. I'm not quite sure on him, but he didn't have the same problems as my other hens. Also, I got him appx 3 months after my hens. So now I don't have any roosters.
    The Hens that are having problems are a polish and EE.

    Thank you for your response!
  4. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2007
    BC Canada
    I would start of by treating them all for mites with something like sevens dusts and deworm them all with safeguard. It sounds like something is spreading through the flock.
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    X2 yes you have something other then egg bound which
    is very common but it doesn't sound like your problem ..
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Have you considered Botulism?
  7. RideRed93

    RideRed93 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Can you explain egg bound?? - I don't know if that's what it is, but I got 4 new chicks this spring and they said that they should start laying by September. Its December and only one just started laying, the other 3 have not and 2/4 are the ones with this problem.
    Also, can I buy Sevens Dust at a local farm store? like IFA or CAL ranch??
    All of the waters and feeders are clean, and I hardly give them outside/human food so I don't think botulism is it..
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Egg bound is where the out going egg has become trapped in side the hen or blockages has stopped
    the egg and some hens or any egg laying animal starts to produce egg's and is not become use to
    the process and just lay's down do to the new pain involved in producing an egg ........
    And yes chickens do get botulism just happens as a broken egg not removed fast enough in damp
    areas can produce this just not always .......


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