Please help this hen earn a name

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CSisley, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. CSisley

    CSisley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Approximately two months ago one of my two year old hens wasn't in the coop when I went to shut them up in the evening. I found her listless and alone. Her comb was pale and dry. I immediately separated her out in and put her in a cage with access to food and water. For the first two days she would drink lots of water but was uninterested in food. After that she became ill to the point she wouldn't even drink. Her face/ eyelids became swollen to the point she would rarely open her eyes. Her poops were a watery green and a few times I found large roundworms. Her neck became bent over her right "shoulder" to where if you were looking at her from above, her left eye would be pointing directly at you. She had a slow stream of mucous coming from her mouth.

    For two days I treated her with ivermectin and haven't seen roundworms in her poop since the first week of her sickness. She seems to have gotten over whatever sickness was attacking her system because her poops are not completely normal but are no longer watery and green and look more and more like they are supposed to as time goes on. She no longer has mucous coming out of her mouth and the swelling in her face is most if not completely gone. She is alert and aware of her surroundings. Her comb appears plumper and redder and she is readily able to drink on her own. She still isn't eating on her own so I've continued to feed her with a syringe a blended mix of chick feed, water, molasses, some sort of vegetable like carrots or red cabbage, raw eggs with their shells, Activia yogurt and a Centrum Multivitamin for people spread out over 3 or 4 days.

    What I believe she's having the most trouble with now is her inability to move properly. It's as if the storm is over but has left behind damaged connections. Her neck is still often bent over her right shoulder and I rarely see her do anything but go backwards in circles. Sometimes I can encourage her to take two or three steps forward if she's thirsty and I offer her water at a distance but I can tell it takes her a great deal of mental exertion.

    I've thought many times about putting her out but every time I do it seems she takes the smallest step towards recovery and I am compelled to give her more time. She has continued to take very small steps toward recovery but it’s very slow and there are still huge hurdles that need to be overcome.
    Here are some pictures of her. Keep in mind she looks extremely disheveled because on top of having been ill she’s started to molt in the last week or so.

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    (Holding her head not so normal)
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    Have any of you experienced this before? Is there some medication/vitamin/supplement/some other thing I could be doing in particular that will help her? This hen doesn’t have a name but I’ve decided that if she makes it through all this she’ll get one.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will call her "Swan".
     
  3. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feel sorry for her! i hope she gets better.[​IMG]

    i don't have a name for her.

    at the beginning i felt like this [​IMG]
     
  4. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "chance"
    because she has a 2nd chance at life thanks to all your hard work! [​IMG]
     
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    She has wry neck, she needs vitamins and minerals. Do a search on wry neck. Hope she pulls through.
     
  6. CSisley

    CSisley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] It took me a minute to get what you meant by "Swan" but when I remembered how swans often hold their heads I got a big smile in my face. Thank you for the humor. I might seriously consider naming her that if she makes it.
     
  7. CSisley

    CSisley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've actually done quite a bit of searching on wry neck but have found very vague answers. I've found nothing that specifically gives a treatment for wry neck caused by disease. Furthermore there are so many different recommendations for "vitamins" but none of the sources suggest where to get them or what dosage to give.
     
  8. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
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    I read on here where they recommended something, I think it was Avia 2000 or something like that. I use vitamin e capsules, just cut it open and pour in mouth. Also polyvisol without iron, an infant vitamin you can get at the pharmacy. For my flock I add mineral powder to their feed, the type I buy for my goats with selenium in it. Hope this helps.;-)
     
  9. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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  10. CSisley

    CSisley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you Hot2Pot, I'll see about getting those items. So the consensus from everyone is that it's definitely wry neck?
     

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