Sick Hen: UPDATE: SHE'S DEAD! 7 hrs sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by limabean, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hoping for some help.

    This morning, I found a sickly hen in my coop of 6 hens.

    She is:

    Plymouth Barred Rock
    6 months old
    Probably laying
    I *think* she feels thinner and lighter than the others.
    Lethargic - doesn't respond much to touch & handling (Just opens eyes), sleeping, not standing at all.
    Wet messy brown on her bum feathers, but not ALOT
    Symptoms noticed this morning (4 hours ago)
    No interest in food and water
    No sign of injury
    Palpated her body with my inexperienced hands - I THINK her crop is empty and I don't feel an egg.
    Also probed a bit in her vent, felt nothing that seemed unusual.

    Gave her a warm bum bath and have placed her in a small cage inside my house for warmth & isolation.
    If I have to take her to a vet, I will, but I would like to try to handle this at home for now.

    They have a spacious coop with pine shavings, an outdoor dirt run, and 1-2 hours a day running around my back yard. I clipped wings a few weeks ago with no troubles.

    Inside she is now in a cat carrier with towels, water, food.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  2. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, but I wanted to provide full details on my situation, since it could be different. [​IMG]

    Forgot to note- her crop & wattle look okay to me, not pale.
     
  4. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering if it would be useful to try to get some broad-spectrum antibiotics? Dewormers? ?
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    She's not walking hunched over or anything??
    What I would suspect is perhaps she's an internal layer. Of course that's with very little information to go on. Plus I'm paranoid about that particular issue because I had a hen go through that... Do a search on it and see if it sounds like your pullet's issue.
     
  6. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, not walking at all.
    I will search internal layer now.
     
  7. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked up internal laying. It's nothing like that.

    Now based on other things I read I am going to look for mites. Will update.
     
  8. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Im having this same problem!
     
  9. limabean

    limabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let's hope someone has advice for us, Christina!
     
  10. bullpup95

    bullpup95 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does your bird seem to be gasping or outstretching it's neck at all. Sounds real close to a respiratory infection. Sounds to abrupt for worms. But you never know!
     

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