Usually lively chicken now lethargic and not eating.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ElizaB99, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. ElizaB99

    ElizaB99 Hatching

    May 31, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    A usually lively and noisy chicken is now standing quietly, totally uninterested in her favorite mealy worms. Just read a post that mentioned "lethargic in the morning, not eating, and dead by the next morning" Should I separate her from the other three chickens?
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. How old is she? Have you wormed your chickens lately? Coccidiosis can be a problem, even in some older chickens. A vet could run a fecal float to test for coccidia and worms. Check her skin for evidence of mites or lice, and their eggs. Sometimes these symptoms can be found in many different illnesses, such as an impacted or sour crop, egg binding, or a blocked gizzard. Many times we don't find a cause until we do a necropsy on a chicken that has died, unfortunately. If she has been laying eggs, I would check inside her vent with a gloved finger 1-2 inches for a stuck egg.

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