sick chicken

julie barber

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 20, 2014
My chicken was poorly 3 weeks ago we wormed her and she improved back to health, she is sick again sat hunched up tail down white diarrhoea and not really eating, she is drinking though. I am reworming all 4 of my chickens but she is not improving, also only 3 chickens are laying so it may be her not laying, she is not egg bound . Any idea of help


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop

Welcome to BYC!

I am so sorry about your hen. Having just wormed her 3 weeks ago, it may not be worms. What did you worm her with? She could be egg bound. You need to do an internal exam. Get a latex glove on with some KYJelly on the index finger and insert it into her vent. If she has a stuck egg, you will feel it there. If this is the case there is a couple things you need to do. First, get a couple of Tums tablets and break them up into small pieces. Get her to eat them. The high calcium in these will help with the contractions to move the egg. Then you can soak her in warm water in the sink. Make sure her lower half is in the water. Hold her in this water for about 10 or 15 mins. This will also help her to move the egg out.

Do an exam on the outside of her body between her legs. Her abdomen area. This area should feel fairly firm. Not squishy like a water balloon. She shouldn't be bloated. If she is, she could be internally laying or have reproductive cancer. If this is the case, antibiotics can sometimes help with secondary infections, although they will not cure either of these conditions. Only puts off death for a while.

If it is none of these, she could have some internal infection somewhere in her body or intestines and possibly still worms.

If none of this info pertains to her condition, I would post in our emergency section here on BYC for more input as to what may be wrong with your hen....

I hope you can get your hen back to full health.

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
I wouldn't want to hazard a guess, please post symptoms in detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, thread," hopefully someone there can offer advice.


Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, X3 on post in the Emergencies forum about your girl, TwoCrows gave you some good things to check.

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