Sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bigwig, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens has just "recovered" from a internal infection and was doing just fine in till two days ago . She walks on her knees and will fall forward and start kicking. She has poop on her butt. Does anybody know what this problem is? And are there ways that I can treat it?

    Help would greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.
    A few questions to better assess the hen:

    What was given to her to treat the internal infection? Meds & dosing amount?

    How did you know she had an internal infection? Self diagnosing or vet?

    Are there other symptoms?

    Is she isolated or with other chickens?

    How old is she?
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2015
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would start vitamins since walking on hocks can be a symptom of riboflavin deficiency. Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease? How old is she?
     
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  4. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave her a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every other day for a week.

    I self diagnosed her.

    There are no other noticeable symptoms. She is eating and drinking as much as usual.

    She is isolated.

    She is nearly four years old.
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  5. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was not vaccinated for Marks disease.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    Sometimes there can be vitamin deficiencies from feed that has been sitting on the shelf or from a mistake at the company. I would really give a vitamin supplement daily. Mareks usually affects younger chickens, but if exposed to a carrier, it could happen at any time. Other possibilities to consider would be that she was poisoned possibly by lead shot or paint chips, which can cause neurological symptoms.
     
  7. casportpony

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