VERY ILL HEN!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aeturitto, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Aeturitto

    Aeturitto Hatching

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    Two days ago, I found our HEN laying in her side. I tried to sit her up and her is seemingly stiff and very lethargic. Loose poop, yellow/green in color was stuck to her feathers. Today she was able to drink water, but I had to put her right up to the water DISH. I watched her, and yellow diarrhea came out.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO? IM VERY WORRIED.

    Thanks everyone!
    Anthony
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Hi @Aeturitto :frow Welcome To BYC

    How old is your hen? Do you have photos of her and the poop?
    When was the last time she laid an egg?
    What type of food/treats do you feed?

    Do you have vet care available?

    I'm sorry to hear that your hen is sick.
    You mention that she is stiff - is it her legs? Can she stand at all or do her legs not work?

    With chickens it can be very hard to know what is wrong with them. Check her for lice/mites, feel the crop to see if it's emptying. In laying hens, it's not uncommon for them to have reproductive problems like Peritonitis or Ascites. Certain diseases like Marek's can also have an impact on a chicken and cause them to lose leg function and stop eating/drinking.

    Do the best you can to keep her hydrated even if you have to help her.
    Hopefully with a little more information, we can give you better suggestions.
     
  3. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Great advice. I would also bring her inside to a warm quiet place where she can rest and you can monitor her more closely.
     

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