Possible sick chicken, not sure what to do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ManfreChickens, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. ManfreChickens

    ManfreChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 hens and one rooster, they are all Rhode Island reds. They've all been doing so well and just reached 19 weeks. Yesterday, I noticed the smallest of them was acting off. She continually opens her mouth but no sound comes out. I also observed that her legs are shorter than the others and she appears much plumper. She is eating, I brought out an ear of corn and she attacked it with gusto this morning. She's also drinking etc. last night when everyone went up to roost she was sleeping in the box. Same thing this morning.

    Everything I am googling is just scaring me so I thought it best to post it here and hope for some advice.
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a picture might help so we can see if there are any other signs, but I see you are in florida so could it be that she is just hot? mine will have their beak open in the summer to help keep themselves cool
     
  3. ManfreChickens

    ManfreChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in a training all day but when I get home I will be tending to her and will post a video/picture. It isn't hot here, we've had cold weather the past month and the warmest it's gotten is 77.
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well the change in weather can sometimes cause it, is there any discharge or anything from her eyes, nostrils, beak etc.,is she laying yet?
     
  5. ManfreChickens

    ManfreChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    No discharge and none of my hens are laying yet. The only "symptoms" I see is the open mouth behavior and the roundness of her...also her legs appear shorter than the others
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does she ever weave her head back and forth?
     
  7. ManfreChickens

    ManfreChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    It won't let me post a video [​IMG]
     
  8. ManfreChickens

    ManfreChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a video of her last night. This morning I held her for a while, it appears when you see her beak opening, that's when shes breathing because I can't feel her breathing otherwise. And its long pauses between the open mouthed behavior. She is also now separated from the rest... meaning, they are either excluding her or shes choosing to be alone because the other 4 will be off in the corner together and shes far away from them by herself.

    I just mixed some water with apple cider vin, probiotics, and a little bit of de wormer. I dont know what else to do for her.
     
  9. ManfreChickens

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    I was also using a childrens medication dropper to give her some of the fluid mixture... :(
     
  10. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 the video says it is private
    2 how is she doing now
    3 the dropper is a good idea, she needs to keep hydrated
     

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