Think My 14 Week Old Hen Is Sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by reacottingham, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. reacottingham

    reacottingham Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning at 6:30 I turned my chickens out to free range and one would not get down from the roosting bar. I picked her up and put her outside and she went back in and sat down in a corner. Her feathers look good, and her eyes are bright. She did have some watery yellow poop, but no blood was in it so I don't think it's Cocci. It was hot yesterday where I live but feels like fall this morning. What could be wrong?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is she eating and drinking? Do you hear any wheezing, gurgling, or sneezing? If she doesn't look any better soon, I would treat her for Coccidiosis. Only a few of the nine types of Coccidia cause bloody droppings, so that is not a sure sign. However, droopiness (especially in young birds, and combined with lack of appetite), is a sign.

    Corid is the best medication to use. It comes in a powdered and a liquid form. The Corid liquid dosage is 1/2 teaspoon liquid per quart of drinking water, and the powder dosage is 1/2-3/4 teaspoon powder per gallon of drinking water. Change the water daily, and continue for 5-7 days. Also, if your bird isn't eating/drinking, entice her by giving her foods she likes, or find another way to give her nourishment (tube feeding, etc.).
     

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