What is wrong with this chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Donnigan, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chirping

    Apr 30, 2016

    She started acting funny a week ago and then Thursday i found her laying in the mud so i put her in a crate thinking she would die that day. She was still alive the next morning so i gave her food and water. I don't think she ever ate or drank. I gave her some water with a dropper yesterday and now she is looking better! She couldn't hold her head up yesterday and now she can. When i first noticed she wasn't looking normal her eyes were bright orange and the back of her head looked wet almost like she had a fever. She can not walk and her abdomen looks different . What is wrong with her? ( she is about 6 years old)
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I'm sorry you are having trouble.

    It's hard to tell, especially with older hens, things can start to go wrong and their system starts to fail.
    She could be just dehydrated or she may be having internal/reproductive problems.

    Try to get as much fluids in her as you can. Hydration first, then offer wet feed, you can add some egg, tuna or meat - whatever she will eat. If you have poultry vitamins you may want to give her some of those for a few days as well.
  3. ellenscoop

    ellenscoop Chirping

    Feb 21, 2015
    Oh no, that is awful I am so sorry that your hen is not doing well. It honestly could be a number of things. Perhaps PoultryDVM's Chicken Symptom Checker may be able to help you rule out some of the possibilities and get a better idea on what is going on; here is a link to the tool - http://www.poultrydvm.com/views/symptoms.php

    Good luck!

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