What's wrong with my hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenman111, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my hens was walking around at feeding time, and then she just collapsed. She tried to move but she couldn't, I helped her up and she started walking again. She's a little wobbly though, she bends one wing down to support herself. Then after that she started walking like normal. Any ideas what could be wrong with her?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If it is hot there she may be dehydrated. Check to see if she is having diarrhea. I would give her some water with electrolytes in it, or some SaveAChick. Did she have a Mareks vaccine? How old is she? Here is a recipe for electrolytes:

    HOMEMADE ELECTROLYTE SOLUTION courtesy of TheChickenChick.com
    1/2 teaspoon salt substitute*
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon table salt
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 gallon water
    *Salt substitute is readily available in most stores in the spice aisle near the salt, but if you do not have it, don't worry, the solution will still have most of the benefits intended to combat heat stress.
     
  3. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, no on the Mareks vaccine, she doesn't appear to have diarhea, but I'll go ahead with the electrolytes. It was pretty hot out here today, 94 degrees.
     
  4. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's acting perfectly fine now, eating good and everything. I'll keep an eye on her. I appreciate your help.
     

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