What's Wrong w/my Polish Hen?

Lynzi777

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I picked up a new Polish hen a couple of weeks ago and when I got home I discovered she had a prolapsed vent. Gave her a warm bath, let her sit in there for a while, cleaned her up, got her vent back to normal, followed up with some PrepH, and kept her in the dark in my shed for the next couple of days to keep her from laying any eggs. I went in every day to check on her and to see if the vent had prolapsed again and it hadn't. On day 3 or 4 I removed her from the shed and brought her out to be with the other chickens and it's all gone down hill from there. She is slowly "losing life" as each day goes on. She's not getting picked on, everyone seems to leave her alone. She stays inside the coop huddled in the corner laying down. When I've brought her out the last few days she was running around frantic, turning her head from left to right over and over, almost as if she was dizzy and/or couldn't see. Her wings have since become very lame and droopy. I have to now bring her out of the coop but when I do she just lays there in the run, won't expand her legs and stand up. She will eat and drink if I hold her up to the food/water dishes. If she's laying outside she will peck at the grass. She doesn't lift her head up that far anymore and just seems very weak. Doesn't fight when I pick her up.

Is there any chance in saving her? Any ideas as to what is wrong with her??? All of my other birds seem fine.
 

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Could she be egg bound? Also after you check inside her vent, I would wonder if she may have gotten coccidiosis from being in a new yard with a different stain of coccidia that she hasn't become immune to (there are at least 9 strains.) Corid, ampromed, or amprol for 5 days is the treatment. Her weakness could be from that, or more neurological, so I would also read about Mareks disease also: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
 

Lynzi777

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Thanks for the input. I currently have her separated from the rest of the flock to keep everyone away from her, when they get playful out in their run they end up tripping over her or running into her so I decided to keep her by herself. She doesn't seem to be egg bound after checking her over last night.
 

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