Sick Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by austindon, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. austindon

    austindon In the Brooder

    Sep 21, 2013
    Our polish hen is acting very lethargic and seems ill. How can you tell, and are the other chickens now at risk?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    How old? Being lethargic, puffed up, ruffled feathers , and diarrhea (sometimes with blood) may indicate coccidiosis. Being lethargic could be a lot of illnesses. We would need more info for that. Is the crop emptying? Has she been wormed? Checked for lice and mites? Checked for being egg bound?
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    X2. Much more info is needed. How old is this bird, how long has this been going on, is she eating/drinking, are there any other symptoms, has she been laying regularly (if an adult bird), any new birds added to the flock lately? Age and whether or not she's on a regular deworming program would be of primary interest at this point but any and all info will help.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    We need more information. Lethargy, especially in older birds, would probably indicate worms. Is she thinner/lighter than your other birds? And, how long has this been going on? If she's young, its just as likely that she has Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis also causes paleness, droopiness, and sometimes bloody droppings.

    Is she standing normally? Or, is her abdomen hard? She could be egg bound if she's been laying. Check her crop as well, to make sure that it isn't impacted or sour/squishy.

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