RIR hen lost a lot of weight, must be force hydrated and fed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stephanielynn, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. stephanielynn

    stephanielynn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2011
    Today I just discovered that one of my Rhode Island Red hens isn't well. She darted out of their house when I opened the door which is normal. When I went after her to put her back, she tried to run from me as usual and stumbled twice. At first I didn't think much of it because she had ventured into taller grass. When she tried to run from me on flat concrete and stumbled again, I knew something was wrong. She can walk just fine, it's just when she tries to run that she stumbles. Then when I was able to pick her up, I felt her chest and apparently she has lost a significant amount of weight during the past two weeks since I last held her. She is between 3 and 4 1/2 years old.

    So now I have her isolated in a separate kennel, next to the kennel with my RIR rooster who I have isolated since he started having what the vet suspects are neurological problems. I started both of them on the Vitamin B complex treatment today. It's in a capsule form, so I puncture the capsule and squeeze it over their pellets which I wet down, and mix it all together.

    It seems that when it rains it pours. Two of my dogs are each recovering from a venomous snake bite, I just found a mass (lump) in my 4 year-old Boer/Nubian mix goat, Javier's chest and now two of my chickens aren't well and I will be moving 8 hours away to another state within the next 30 days. : -/
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011

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