Sick Chicken, need help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rctalkov, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. rctalkov

    rctalkov Hatching

    Jul 26, 2008
    our 1.5 year old hen was acting lethargic and had watery poop. The feed store recommended agrimiacin.
    After 2 days she started looking better, but now seems to be regressing. Yesterday morning she wouldn't eat and stayed in the coop, however later in the day she came out and I was able to feed her small portions of fruit 3 times. Then agian this morning she stayed in the coop and wouldn't eat, but about an hour later she moved into the run and ate some fruit, but I noticed that her comb was floppy and pale.

    She got sick about a week after we got a new chicken. The other one we had died.
    It took her about a week to get used to the new chicken, a pullet. And shortly after this she got sick.

    Not sure what to do next
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    there are very few symptoms to go on.... lethargy and a pale comb is symptomatic for so many different illnesses... (too bad you did not have the bird that died necropsied as that would be the likely source of what is ailing this one >you should always isolate new birds for several weeks to prevent spread of possible pathogens)
    Stop giving the is exacerbating the watery poops. I would give electrolytes in the waterer and if there are respiratory signs I would give tylan:
    Chicken Medications
    by Dr. James Barton and Clarence Gillihan
    ".....Bacterial Diseases:
    Purchase a bottle of Tylan 50 and several 3cc
    syringes with 25 to 30 gauge 1/2" needles. Give your hen 1 to 1 1/2 cc. of Tylan under the skin of the neck .........Continue daily injections for three days but not more than five. Withdrawal time is one month. Tylan does not have much activity against coccidia, but it is very good against Mycoplasma bacteria which is responsible for some respiratory diseases.

    To inject Tylan 50, pull the hens feathers back
    to reveal the skin on base of the the neck on her back. Lift the skin up and insert the needle gentlty but firmly into the skin just far enough to allow the Tylan to be injected. You will be able to feel it. Be careful that you do not inject yourself. Make certain that you do not push the needle through the skin and out again not injecting at all................

    Because Tylan is so powerful, it is recommended
    that you purchase some Beneficial Bird Bacteria
    and feed it to your chicken after she recovers.
    Tylan wipes out all the benficial bacteria that is normally present in a chickens digestive system.

    Also, Tylan can kill skin cells near the site of the injection so you should not use anything stronger than Tylan 50 - a stronger variety, Tylan-200 is also available at your local feed store, but this will likely do more harm than good.

    When purchasing syringes, get them from a
    local drug store. The 'human' grade needles are a little sharper than the vetrinary grade. The cost is about the same and your hen will thank you...."

  3. rctalkov

    rctalkov Hatching

    Jul 26, 2008
    The chicken that died, died very quickly, within a day of looking sick, we think she swallowed a Cherry pit and it blocked her throat. This chicken has been sick for a week, so it doesn't seem related.
    We got the new chicken 2 weeks after the other one diied.
    We are feeding fruit to avoid dehydration and to make sure she eats something. If we stop the fruit, what else would be good to give her ?
    She continues to get more energy during the day, but is low energy in the morning.
    The watery poop is greenish.
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    I think you should get her Sulmet and treat for cocci..
    and pretty fast..

    wouldn't hurt to have Tylan 50 injectable on hand..

    the best way to go is to have a fecal test done..for worms and protozoa.(cocci)..if you can..

    the green droppings is most likely undiluted bile from not eating..

    is she wheezing?

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