Rescued battery hen is not doing well, eyes closed, no energy/appetite

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by weesy68, May 3, 2009.

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    New member here. I just rescued two hens from a Vivero in the Bronx, and brought them to CT for a better life. They came home on Thursday. One is now crouched in the corner with her eyes shut, doesn't even try to get away when I touch her (she was shy and nervous, but full of feisty energy at first), and has no appetite. The area around her eyes appears swollen, and I saw her scratching at it. She is in a sheltered outdoor coop. She was kept in deplorable conditions, about ten to a cage, barely room to move. Both hens are around five months old, and I believe they are Australorps. Could the stress and change from being indoors to outdoors have made her sick? Are battery hens usually delicate? What can I do for her?

    Please help! Any advice would be appreciated.[​IMG]
     
  2. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that did have an allergic reaction to going outside, her eyes swelled and she looked miserable but not ill, it cleared up after I brought her in. I don't think that happens very often though. I would think maybe they have something that was dormant and now having a reaction due to stress. Are they eating? drinking? how does poo look? can you post pics? Hopeful someone with more knowledge will be along to help. Glad you rescued them and I hope they recover.
    edited to add- I meant what kind of feed and when did they last eat?
     
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  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Swollen eyes could be infectious bronchitis or infectious coryza - chickens don't get "colds." I'd run a search on here for swollen eyes and see what pops up - you could compare her symptoms to some known diseases and see if you could narrow it down. [​IMG]
     
  4. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    They are eating layer feed that I got from a reputable supply store (it's dark out now, so can't check the actual brand name), and drinking plenty of fresh water. I saw her eat and drink just a little today, she has very little energy. They seem to have slight diarrhea. They are sleeping on hay and wood shavings. I gave them some cracked corn to scratch around for, they have wandered around the garden a little but are still very unsure and hop right back into their coop when left alone.

    Thanks for replying.
     
  5. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    What are you trying to feed her? Is she taking in any liquids? Maybe if you could show some pics someone with a little more knowledge will come along.
     
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor dear souls - thank you for rescuing them. And a Texas-sized pox on those who treated them so poorly.

    I don't know what's wrong but do try keeping them warm (if there has been a dramatic temp change from where they were to where they are now, it could be tough on them) and very comfortable, as stress free as possible for new surroundings. Give 3 drops of children's liquid Polyvisol vitamins daily for at least the next week (very slowly dribble along beak line with dropper). If this would stress them too much, use water soluble vitamins/supplements for poultry and put in their water (Durvet, Avia Charge 2000). Try enticing with a few things that could lift their spirits and energy, like egg and sunflower seeds and yogurt. Electrolytes for a couple of days for stress. Also can try a drop or two of Rescue Remedy in water for stress.

    Hopefully someone can shed light on the particular symptoms you describe and what else to do for them.


    JJ
     
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  7. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have the water soluble vitamins already, I bought those with the feed, and I gave them to the birds their first two days at home. I've added a photo from yesterday, first of all are they Australorps? That was my guess, but I'd love an expert opinion. Secondly, you can see there is baldness around her eyes, I was assuming this is normal, but now I'm wondering if it isn't, and her eyes are what's bothering her. I thought she was keeping her eyes shut as she felt ill, the way birds seem to do frequently.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30192_aprilmay_new_chickens_warm_weather_003.jpg
     
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    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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  9. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I edited my above reply and added the photo.
     
  10. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
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    I do have one hen who is very allergic to wood shavings. It all started with one dusty bag of shavings. Now she has a reaction to everything but the most dustless of shavings. It's a constant battle, because, she'll go so far as to scratch herself bloody. Children's Benadryl helps a lot.
     

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