Sick Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by monckster, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. monckster

    monckster New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,

    Hope you can help with some suggestions on what's wrong with our chicken. We have 6 Isa Brown hens, all have been healthy until now, 1 of them is just not quite right. She just sits in the sun, with her head drooped, hasn't eaten much, or drank much, seems very lethargic. We even have to transfer her into the coop at night time and bring her back out each morning.

    Any suggestions on what the problem could be would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    To start, you could check her crop at the beginning and end of the day, to see if it is emptying overnight and filling up during the day. Check her belly to see if there is any swelling, which could be internal laying or eggbound. There are threads linked on the FAQ page about both these problems. Depending on age and whether you worm them, this could be a heavy load of worms, or even of mites/lice. This thread might help:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=472405

    or here http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     

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