Please help my Red!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SchatzelFlock, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. SchatzelFlock

    SchatzelFlock New Egg

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    My husband and I are fairly new to chicken ownership, we build a large coop in the spring and 12 baby chicks. They are very happy chickens, they are free range (all except two days a week) and we also feed them organic food.

    Today I let my chickens out to free range and after a while a noticed one of my rhode island reds (named Red) wasn't acting normal. She would come over when I go to hand feed them, but she wouldn't eat. Then I noticed she was half-heartedly scratching the ground and falling asleep standing up a lot. It seems like her crop is almost empty and she has diarrhea. My sweet chickens have been very healthy up until now, so I'm a little at a loss on what to do! They are the happiest chickens you'll ever meet, they love to be petted and held and will fly up on your arm just to be by you.

    I really don't know what to do, right now I'm setting up the large cage we used when they were babies inside the house and we're going to put her inside (especially since the hurricane is coming). I'm going to pick up some yogurt now, but she doesn't seem to interested in eating, so I was going to pick up some droppers too (I used to feed baby birds when I was a kid so I know how to use a dropper). If anyone has any ideas please let me know! I love my little Red, and I want to take the best care of her that I can!

    Thank you for reading this! I appreciate any help immensely!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It's usually one of 3 things or a combination: Lice/mites, eggbound, or worms.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    How's your hen?
     

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