Sick Chicken. Laying down, won't eat. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by katiebmw, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. katiebmw

    katiebmw New Egg

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    Hi everyone. I'm hoping you can offer some advice.

    Today, a few hours after I let the chickens out to play, I noticed that our 24 week old Wyandotte was just laying in the middle of our backyard. She wouldn't move very much. Usually she doesn't let me pet her and runs from me. Today she would let me touch her.

    I gave her a bowl of fresh water and she drank from that a few times and went back to sleeping in the yard. I decided to isolate her. I set up a large dog cage in the garage and isolated her from the other chickens. She has just been sleeping in the cage and not moving.

    I don't hear any breathing problems, no coughing, no sneezing. I did see her standing a few times and not moving kind of like she was constipated. I'm not sure what to do. She is about 24 weeks old and hasn't started laying yet, I'm not sure if that is part of the problem or not.

    I gave her some water and food. I haven't seen her eat today. Help please! Poor thing is just sleeping away, I've never seen her like this. Our other chickens (3 others) are very healthy and happy.

    Thanks,
    Katie
     
  2. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will easier to work out what is going on if you check her over thoroughly. Is her crop hard or soft? Is her bottom hard or soft? Any diarrhea? Mucus? Running eyes? Leg injury? Wing injury?
     
  3. katiebmw

    katiebmw New Egg

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    I just examied her.

    Yes, she did have diarrhea when I went back out. (White thin looked like a partially cooked egg white) But no, did not appear to be a broken egg. No sign of any yolk and not that much diarrhea. Looked like a tablespoon or two.

    No mucus, no water eyes. Wings/legs are fine. Soft crop, soft bottom. No mites/fleas.

    She is getting weaker, would barely open her eyes.

    Should I go to the store and buy her some electrolytes or something? I think the feed stores are closed now. What would she eat to make her feel better?
     
  4. katiebmw

    katiebmw New Egg

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    I forgot to say thank you for your advice. I really appreciate it.
     
  5. katiebmw

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    Can I just got to the store an by any type of electrolytes to give her? The feed stores are closed now.
     
  6. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can find electrolytes in pharmacies and in some grocery shops. I would get an unflavoured one and give her a child's portion. Be careful though because she hasn't exactly lost a lot of moisture.
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    I would take a rubber glove and insert a finger into the vent to check for an egg. She could possible be egg bound. If you suspect eggbinding, you can soak her in a warm tub bathe for 30 minutes then wrap her in a towel. Also a dose of calcium would help--a crushed Tums or 1/2 calcium tablet, or crushed eggshells fed in yogurt or raw egg. Here is a recipe for homemade electrolytes and a link for egg binding: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-heat-stress-dehydration-and.html
    http://www.avianweb.com/eggbinding.html
     
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  8. Sarah Nichols

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    I am having the same issue I have lost 3 already and now another is acting sick just like the others! No matter what I do they die and its not just hens 2 of the 3 were roosters and they aren't getting sick together it all started in August and a month later another and my last 2 weeks ago. Please help me!!!
     
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    More information is needed. You need to describe symptoms, give ages, how long you have had them, what treatments you have tried, etc. You will always get more responses if you start a new thread.
     
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