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Sick Chicken - Scorpion?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JPinAZ3, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. JPinAZ3

    JPinAZ3 New Egg

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    I live in AZ and yesterday evening I was moving a pile of red brick. Well it didn't take long for the girls to figure out that there were lots of good bugs and a few scorpions for the eatin' in that pile and cleaned up while I moved the bricks. My head hen, Olive, feasted on 2 - 3 scorpions, which I didn't think much of as I have always heard chickens were a great way to clear your yard of them. Well today she is not in a good way. She is very quiet and laying around quite a bit. She is very, very docile. I am worried. Did she get stung? Did the venom hurt her? Any ideas?
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Wow, I dont know. I thought chickens were good for eating them as well. Hope she pulls through.
     
  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she eating and drinking? Are her droppings normal? I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but if I couldn't get a sure fire answer and she were my hen, I'd probably cook a small amount of oatmeal and stir in some probiotic yogurt to help her digestive tract (if chickens have digestive tracts. Anybody on the forum think that would be a good or bad idea?
     
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *we have scorpions too. Small reddish ones & big black ones. SUPPOSEDLY, their sting is "no worse than a bee sting or 2". But, Arizona?? I'D ask a vet, hon! Fast!
     
  5. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Arizona, too. Had a hen a couple years ago that I think took a scorpion wallup to the face. She developed a horrible scabbing over her whole face, lost all her feathers and hair on her head and face, became very lethargic, etc, etc. I separated her, kept vaseline on her scabs, making sure to cover the eyelids so they would be pliable enough for her to open them to find food and water. Took a couple weeks, but she healed wonderfully and went right back to her crabby, cranky self.

    Good luck with your hen.
     
  6. JPinAZ3

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    Well, left her alone and she seems to be better. Back to her old squaking self. I guess we will never know....
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  7. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear it, JP! Thanks for letting us know.
     

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