Pullet being lethargic? Is she sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sunyoung, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Sunyoung

    Sunyoung Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pullet that is acting a bit off. Not sure if she's laying yet (it's either her or one other that's started laying last Friday) - if she isn't laying, then she should be soon. She was fine before I left for school today around 1pm, but when I got home she was acting kind of... off? lethargic? I'm not really sure what to think of it. I made a video so you could see her. Sorry I'm not real descriptive, I'm a bit new to chickens and don't know what specifics to describe.
     
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live here in PDX too How nice. Your girls look pretty. I would if I were you put some Vita Sol (liquid vitamins) in her water. You can get liquid any type at a local pet store or urban farm store over on belmont. You can add regular sugar to her or there water. I would buy some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and put a couple of teaspoons in her water. These are all get up and go stuff. Start making sure she is getting her share of good food the other girls may be being hogs and not letting her eat. Proteins, Proteins and more Proteins. Eggs any kind including the egg shell. My girls love for me to break up a hard boiled egg and break it up with or without the shell on it. I mix some DE into it or mix it in with rice or with yogurt. Flax seed, BOSS (Black Oiled Sunflower Seeds) Linseed or other small nuts or grind them into small sizes

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    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Dominique that was acting "off" one day. I was so worried she was sick. She stayed in the coop and her head was kinda down and feathers sorta fluffed. The next morning there was a perfect little brown egg in the coop. She was back to her old self as if nothing special had happened.

    Make sure her poop looks normal and check her bum for lice or mites. Look at the base of the feathers around her vent for clumps of white eggs.
     
  4. Sunyoung

    Sunyoung Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm already putting apple cider vinegar in their water (1 tbsp to every gallon) and they all usually get a ton of food and little treats. Would it be able to add the vitamins to water that already has ACV in it? Or would I need to make sure that I add one or the other to the water?

    I'll definitely look into adding more protein (just got some eggs from my parents' hens the other day... so I might cook an egg up and give it to her). Her vent looks nice and clean as always and her poop looks normal as well.
    It looks like she'll be having some delicious eggs and maybe BOSS tomorrow morning.. and hopefully she'll lay an egg and get back to normal.

    Thank you both for the advice! :)
     
  5. Sunyoung

    Sunyoung Out Of The Brooder

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    Thought I would give an update on Noodle. When I went out to check on them before going to school today, I found two eggs! And Noodle is back to acting normal. [​IMG]
     

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