Someone tell me please what is wrong with these hens!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MandyH, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    My husband brought home some hens from a man that was mistreating them and now they are gurgling when they breathe, their eyes are bubbling some junk out and look like they have been in a fight, and they have diarrhea, oh and they are coughing. Thank God I know better than to just throw in new chickens with mine. They are by themselves AWAY from my others. What in the heck is this?
  2. prariechiken

    prariechiken Songster

    Feb 9, 2007
    Hard to know for sure without a vet inspection, necropsy, etc., But whatever it is it doesn't sound good. You gotta be very careful haveing poultry like these around since wild birds, rodents, even feather dander can spread this farther than you might think. Could be CRD or some other rspiratory ailment, but that is just a guess... Culling them may seem cruel, but you gotta be concerned with the health of your flock. After all, with alot of poultry illnesses, you may be able to "cure" the disease symptoms, but these fowl will continue to be carrirers that can affect your flock...

    good luck
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Oh, the poor things. It doesn't sound good. How many hens are there?
    I'd say your options are to either bring a representative bird in for a check-up or a necropsy to see if what they have is curable, or just cull the whole bunch. It's a sad thing, but it doesn't sound like something from which they will improve, even with you now giving them good care. I hope I'm wrong, though. Keep us posted.
  4. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    If they are eating and drinking you may want to add some unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to their water. My wife would ad some ACV and water through an eyedropper.

    Vinegar: A Natural Approach to Avian Management
    By Wanda Barras

    "Many herbalists recommend the use of raw, unpasteurized, unheated, organic apple cider vinegar as an important dietary ingredient for humans, farm animals and pets, including birds. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care describes apple cider vinegar in this way: "Long a folk remedy, cider vinegar has been shown to improve the health of dairy cows, horses, dogs and other animals. It reduces common infections, aids whelping, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium; it normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and fecal odors, helps cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections."

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  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    While in China for 3 weeks I had some severe diarrhea at supper that evening they gave me some rice vinegar to drink and the next day I was fine. Occasionally while having lunch or dinner they would order a bottle that look like wine but I know it was made of rice vinegar and other ingredients my wife told me it was medicinal. Well I acquired quite the taste for it, to where I actually enjoyed drinking, it was somewhat carbonated but it sure worked well for me.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2007
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    There were six but only 4 remain. I believe I need to load the shotgun. Thanks for the replies.

  7. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    To me it sounds almost like pneumonia, but I really can't offer any help. I suspect shortening the time they spend suffering like that is the best way to go, as you implied.

  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I believe you are correct. I hate to lose ANY chicken but I hate for any animal to suffer and I don't want the other hundred sick too.
  9. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Philly, PA
    I'm sorry you have sick chickens. [​IMG] Is there any cure for pnemonia in chickens? I think if it was me and I had just my 11 then it would be no big deal to treat them if you can....but for 100 that suddenly becomes a huge ordeal. I don't blame you one bit for wanting to protect your flock. I'm sorry it is even a choice you have to make.
  10. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007

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