sick hen please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ...chickenlover3..., Jan 29, 2014.

  1. ...chickenlover3...

    ...chickenlover3... Chillin' With My Peeps

    152
    1
    103
    Apr 16, 2011
    Rockford IL
    my hen is all puffed up and is not wanting to move at all. I offered her water and she didnt want to drink but I got her to drink a little bit. she will not eat ether. she was fine a couple of days ago but now from the blow zero weather she is going down fast. I didnt realize that she lost some weight till now. she seems to have a hard time breathing. what do you think I should do. she hasnt pooped since i brought her in the house but she has only been in for a little bit. i put her in a box with a towel and put her in a quiet spot.
     
  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,368
    71
    208
    Sep 10, 2007
    BC Canada
  3. BuffBuff123

    BuffBuff123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    183
    4
    61
    Sep 17, 2013
    Köln, Germany
    I think that she might have either a:

    1. Crop infection-- if she's young it can be treated, if she's an older hen, make her as comfortable as you possibly can

    2. A heart problem-- especially if she looks wide/fat at the back, it can be treated for all ages of chicken, although she will live about 1 year before her heart can't take it anymore

    3. Egg peritonitis-- where the egg falls into her gut, instead of out her... You know... If caught soon she will make a full recovery with antibiotics and surgery.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,774
    11,607
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sick birds need a warm room. I keep mine at 80-85 degrees.

    -Kathy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by