Sick Hen

chickenmom027

Chirping
Feb 11, 2021
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Michigan
Hi everyone! I’ve seen some similar posts recently with the same issues I am currently having with one of my hens, Winnie. I haven’t been able to find an answer however. I noticed yesterday she was not herself, very lethargic and not moving around a whole lot. Her poop was runny and yellow, but the followed by a solid poop. I thought she was starting to come around on her own, but the same issue today. She lays in the woods while the others forage. I will attach a picture. She will not let me near her. I will also say that she is not a consistent egg laying chicken and never has been. I’m just not sure where to start as she looks completely healthy to me, and her tail is up most of the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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chickenmom027

Chirping
Feb 11, 2021
45
27
54
Michigan
Winnie is progressively getting worse, any help is appreciated. Today she is curled up in a corner. When she does get up, she has a very difficult time walking and hangs her wings down. I have separated her from the rest of the flock, she is not eating. She is drinking water, I have added Nutri Drench. I'm looking for any help or suggestion at this point.
 

Chickencuddlz

Chirping
Jul 12, 2021
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Montana
Hi chickenmom027,

How hot is it where you are at? Is one wing dragging the ground, or is she sticking both of her wings to the side like she's hot?

From personal experience, my chickens would act lethargic and sit in corners when they were broody. But if she seems sick then it probably isn't that. Just a thought.

If she isn't eating, try giving her some yogurt. I'm not super knowledgeable on chicken diseases, but yogurt has probiotics that can help fight different internal infections, and chickens love yogurt.

I hope that helps and I'm sorry I can't be of more help!
 

chickenmom027

Chirping
Feb 11, 2021
45
27
54
Michigan
Hi chickenmom027,

How hot is it where you are at? Is one wing dragging the ground, or is she sticking both of her wings to the side like she's hot?

From personal experience, my chickens would act lethargic and sit in corners when they were broody. But if she seems sick then it probably isn't that. Just a thought.

If she isn't eating, try giving her some yogurt. I'm not super knowledgeable on chicken diseases, but yogurt has probiotics that can help fight different internal infections, and chickens love yogurt.

I hope that helps and I'm sorry I can't be of more help!
Thank you for responding! It isn’t hot here today, nor has it been the last couple of days. She is dragging one wing on the ground. I’m at work now but I left her separated with food and water, will check in on her later.
 

Shezadandy

Crowing
7 Years
Sep 26, 2015
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I hope the yellow runny stuff is just the chicken version of urine that usually comes out on top of their poop (usually white to off-white yellow) - but based on how she's acting I have to wonder if she's had an egg break internally and if what's coming out might be the broken egg stuff. Can you check her for ascities - waterbelly - that can be a symptom that comes along with reproductive issues and can help make them feel extra-lousy by filling their body cavity with fluid and putting more pressure on her organs. The following link is a great how-to on draining her if she does have fluid. It's not a cure, but it can help make her more comfortable- again- if she's got it. My modification to the video is I no longer use the syringe, I just use the 1" long 14 or 16 gauge needle and let fluid drain out (which she does towards the end of the video). If you don't have any extra hands, that's how to get it done- but do it somewhere outside.


 

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