Quiet Hen: Sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by paltinas, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. paltinas

    paltinas Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    Just wondering....I have a Barred Rock hen about 5 years old that has been very docile and quiet lately. She just seems "off" and I am not sure why. When I feed the rest of the flock she stays to herself and does not go after the food like the others. Her hind end looks as if she has some green diarrhea. All other hens (12) are acting fine. Any ideas what to do for her or what to look out for?
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    There are a lot of possibilities, especially at her age. Are they on a regular deworming program? Any evidence of lice/mites? Any new birds brought in recently that might have brought in some new strains of coccidia? How is her body condition, does she feel thin? Any swelling in her lower body like retained fluid? Basically this could be anything from internal/external parasites, some kind of infection, reproductive tract problems like internal laying/peritonitis or some kind of cancer. So you just have to start with a thorough physical exam, treat for the most obvious possibilities to rule them out and go from there.

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