Weak chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lincaide, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. lincaide

    lincaide New Egg

    Dec 11, 2016
    Hi there, I have a one year old Australopithecus (?spelling) . I found her on Friday on deaths door so took her to the vet. He said she had egg peritonitis and gave her an antibiotic injection, fluid bolus and steroids. she wouldn't eat or drink so I was up every two to three hours tube feeding her. She is now more alert and eating soft food but seems like her left leg is all curled up and weak and she can't stand up. She just lays in my bath or crawls along. I don't know if she will get better or if it would be kinder to put her to sleep. She is very very thin now. Please help!
  2. lincaide

    lincaide New Egg

    Dec 11, 2016
    Lol Australopithecus! Autocorrect!
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lincaide [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am sorry that your girl is unwell. Sadly, I am not an expert when it comes to what ails chickens but if you post on the Emergencies & Diseases forum someone might be able to assist:


    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry to hear of your hen's problems. Making the decision to keep her going or putting her down is something you'll have to decide for yourself, as tough as that is to do. Unfortunately, that's a decision most every chicken-keeper has to make at some point or another.

    Good luck to you.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC but sorry that it is not under better conditions that you join us. I hope that you are able to come to a decision that's best for your girl soon.

    Best wishes
  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sorry you are faced with such a decision to make [​IMG]
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow

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