Suddenly strange-acting, cold, limp hen - please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Viergacht, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Viergacht

    Viergacht In the Brooder

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    Hi folks, I'd appreciate any help or suggestions.
    Situation is this: Raquel is a 10 month old Barred Rock hen. We keep the chickens in a large back yard with access to their henhouse and the back porch, which is roofed. She seemed in perfect health at noon. We've been having heavy rain all day and the hens were all hanging out on the porch. I think at some point someone else in the house shooed them off the porch and into the coop. I went out at 5pm just now to feed them and couldn't find Raquel. She was standing under a bush with her eyes closed and her feathers fluffed up. Her feet are very cold. I brought her in the house and now have her under a heat lamp. She can just barely stand, won't open her eyes and her beak is slightly parted as she breathes but I don't hear any whistling or rasping, labored breathing. I don't see any signs of wounds.
    What could have happened to her so fast?? What do I do?
     
  2. ChocolateWingTheRooster

    ChocolateWingTheRooster Songster

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    I had that happen to one of my chickens, she died... I hope yours has more luck, but... do you mind if I tag some people that may know more than me?
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Rain can sometimes reconstitute insecticide that you sprayed days before, causing it to contaminate a puddle a chicken might drink from. It sickens and kills in just a few hours.

    I've had this happen, ashamed to admit.
     
  4. Viergacht

    Viergacht In the Brooder

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    Please do! I appreciate any help.
     
  5. Viergacht

    Viergacht In the Brooder

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    That's good to know. We haven't sprayed anything, although it's possible the neighbors did.
     
  6. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    sounds like shock to me but your doing treatment already by giving her heat. Quiet and maybe dark too. You dont have snakes or anything that could of bit her that wouldnt show up?
     
  7. Viergacht

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    I haven't seen any snakes around here. We're in the suburbs and pretty far away from farms but of course you can never tell.
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    what state are you in please lift each wing to see if there may be a wound under one
     
  9. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    I hope she is better in the am. Is she laying ? When you checked her did you look for egg binding and mites?
     
  10. Viergacht

    Viergacht In the Brooder

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    Frederick, MD. I checked all over, but no wounds to be seen.
     

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