Sick Chicken, help diagnose

jmartini4578

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 31, 2014
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I came home today to one of my three hens seeming disoriented and out of touch. She stayed up in the coop and did not come down into the run.

When she tried to walk, she makes it 5 feet before losing her balance.

She seems to just lie down wherever she is and the others just leave her alone.

She was drinking on her own (not sure about eating).

When I picked her up there were no injuries but she did regurgitate some bile. I'm thinking maybe a concussion?

My concern is that one of my other hens is in the middle of raising now-week-old chicks and I don't want them to get sick!
 

SherrynBill

Chirping
6 Years
Apr 27, 2014
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I came home today to one of my three hens seeming disoriented and out of touch. She stayed up in the coop and did not come down into the run.

When she tried to walk, she makes it 5 feet before losing her balance.

She seems to just lie down wherever she is and the others just leave her alone.

She was drinking on her own (not sure about eating).

When I picked her up there were no injuries but she did regurgitate some bile. I'm thinking maybe a concussion?

My concern is that one of my other hens is in the middle of raising now-week-old chicks and I don't want them to get sick!

I would give her some electrolytes and try to keep her away from the other chickens. Has she been vaccinated against Marek's disease?
 

Eggcessive

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I came home today to one of my three hens seeming disoriented and out of touch. She stayed up in the coop and did not come down into the run.

When she tried to walk, she makes it 5 feet before losing her balance.

She seems to just lie down wherever she is and the others just leave her alone.

She was drinking on her own (not sure about eating).

When I picked her up there were no injuries but she did regurgitate some bile. I'm thinking maybe a concussion?

My concern is that one of my other hens is in the middle of raising now-week-old chicks and I don't want them to get sick!
How old is your hen? Has she been laying eggs recently? How does her crop feel now--I would also check it first thing in the morning to see if it is empty. There are many things it could be, but reproductive problems are very common in hens, especially around 2 years and older. It may be good to place her in a dog crate with food and water, and make sure that she is drinking water with vitamins and electrolytes, and offer her some chopped egg and her usual chicken feed.
 

jmartini4578

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 31, 2014
3
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10
She around 4-5 years old. She never was a great layer, and it has gone down as she has gotten older, so no, none of her blue eggs recently.

As of last night, she was up on roasting bar and seemed back to normal. I will post when I check on her this morning.
 

jmartini4578

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 31, 2014
3
0
10
All good this morning! Impossible to tell there was any issue with her. She looks fine, she went running for the worms I threw and was socializing with others.
 

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