Poorly Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shellb1170, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Shellb1170

    Shellb1170 New Egg

    Jan 16, 2013

    I'm new to the site today and wondered if anyone out there give me some advice please? One of our 8 month old highbred chickens is hunched up, listless, very, very thin, pale eyes, can't feel an egg in her vent with my finger but she's not laying, no lice, is eating, drinking and pooping fine and her crop is emptying ok so I don't think it's sour crop. Have given her poultry spice, a warm bath and have just starting on wormer. I've brought her inside to keep her warm and keep an eye on her. She's been this way for three days now.
    Any other ideas please?
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    You could flush her system. 1/4 cup of molasses to a gallon of water only for 5 hours though and it doesn't need to be repeated. After that you can give her yogurt, boiled eggs, etc.

    It sounds like your doing a great job. [​IMG]
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    Molting?I had a hen that had similar symptoms.i was so worried i did the warm Epsom's salts bath,checked her for lice and mites even gave her a shot of tylan.i watched her closely and a few weeks later there were feathers every where.when i seen your post that pop in my mind.
    that may not be the case with your girl.just something to look for.
  4. Shellb1170

    Shellb1170 New Egg

    Jan 16, 2013
    Many thanks willow branch...I will give that a go!

    Thanks Bucky....I've checked and she does seem to have a bald tummy. I'll watch out for this....good idea.

    Will keep everyone updated.
  5. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    If the weather has changed, she may just be cold. My chickens get that way in the winter. If she is eating/drinking normally then chances are she is not sick. Put a heat lamp on her for a few hours or take her inside and see if she perks up. Heat does miracles for birds. The fact that she is not laying could also be due to less daylight in winter. I think if it were worms or a digestive disorder she wouldn't be eating or drinking.

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