Sick hen - weak, not moving, wobbly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by huxlius, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. huxlius

    huxlius In the Brooder

    Nov 4, 2009
    SW Connecticut
    This morning one of my hens refused to leave the nesting box for hours. I eventually picked her up and put her down outside the coop to see if anything was wrong with her. She didn't fight me when I picked her up (which is unusual) and when I put her down she stood in place, wobbling like she didn't have the strength to stand normally. She also has a lot of goop and bedding stuck to her bottom and legs, possibly from a broken egg as it looked kind of yolk-y. There have been some broken eggs recently but we put out oyster shell to help. I tried to get the hen moving and she stumbled around for a few steps but seemed unwilling to move. She is standing with her wings slightly stuck out and her feathers look a little ruffled. She did drink a little water but I haven't seen her eat. The other hens are free ranging but she is just sitting in the pen. The other hens look fine, running around and eating.

    Now, I work long hours and am gone all day during the week so I haven't seen how she's been acting the past few days. I don't think this could have been going on for too long without someone else noticing, though.

    I plan on soaking her bottom in warm water to get some of the goop off, but what else can I do? Should I separate her and bring her inside or leave her out with the other hens?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010

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