Sick Hen :(

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by norahmarie, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. norahmarie

    norahmarie New Egg

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    Hi there. I'm new to chickens and have a black sex-link hen (around 14 mos?) who's acting sick. I got her about three weeks ago and she's yet to lay. She has seemed otherwise okay, but today when I got home she was sort of limping around the run, favoring her right leg, having a lot of *very* loose and discolored stools, and doing the weird eye squint and neck crane.

    I've separated her from my other three hens, who all appear to be just fine (one is also 14 mos and regularly lays, the others are 22 weeks and haven't yet started). She's sometimes sitting, sometimes limp/standing but drinking and eating.

    Any backyard diagnosis? Hoping to avoid a trip to the emergency vet.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry your hen is sick. Mountain Peeps has given the link to our Emergency section and someone there should be able to help diagnose her illness. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your sick BSL hen.
     
  4. norahmarie

    norahmarie New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    X 2 post on the ER thread- in as much detail as possible. If she is the only new one you brought in 3 weeks ago, she may be harboring some disease. A photo of her stance may help others come up with a diagnosis for her. Is there any chance your other hens pecked her in the eyes or attacked her? Flock members can be very unfriendly to a new bird put in with them.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Good luck with your hen!
     
  7. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens Norahmarie[​IMG]! Sorry to hear you have a sick hen. Hoping she pulls through. Keep us posted and let us know if we can help.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry about your hen. [​IMG] I hope she makes a full recovery.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope she recovers.
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You really need to stop - it isn't cute, it isn't funny and you are not being at all helpful to the people who are posting legitimate concerns about their birds' health.
     
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