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Sick Hen

My hens and Duck were a bit sleepy for the last few days after worming. I was told that it happens sometimes. One of my hens has been not herself..staying away from the gang and been very quick. Today I feed her ok and left him to it. I want back a few time to check on her and she was in the same place all day. I have taken her out and put her in a cage in my house with water and food. She is eating a bit..but seems very horse in the noise she is making. Wondering what to do next. Would like your help. Thanks.

susankelly
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Does she sound chesty when she breathes? If so, there's a thread in the Health and Hatching section titled "Pneumonia after worming" that might be of interest.

smithcity
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

http://www.irishfowl.com/talk/topic-18174.html?c=5

smithcity
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I dont think so..her eyes keep closing really dosy..

susankelly
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

She cant seem to keep her eyes open,,even when she is standing up in her pin. Just have her some sweetcorn and she is eating away. She has a really quite cheeping sound. I will take her out later and examine her again.

susankelly
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Hmmm, have you picked her up and examined her? I would take a look at the breast and see if she has any weight on.
If she is thin and wasted, this may have been an underlying time for some time now.
The quiet cheeping sound you described is usually found in a bird that is quite weak and distressed.

smithcity
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

have on my knee checking her..she does see a bit lighter then the rest..she is just sitting on my knee closing her eyes.

susankelly
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Hmmm, have you noticed any other symptoms. Anything unusual about the droppings for example.

It's possible that she is just having a reaction to the worming medication, but if you are worried that she may have something that could infect the other birds, it's best to err on the side of caution and go to a vet.

smithcity
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I,d agree with Smithcity but also just say to check for lice/mites,this year seems to be bad for lice, i have,nt had a bird with them for a while up to this year,check around vent particularly and the creases of the top of the legs..

Jemsey
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Checked her doesnt seem to be any lice..I have her inside my house for the night and I will ring vet in the morning.

I have been keeping an eye on droppings..not sure what is from what but,,some are a bit covering white paint like...and others are yellow and runny...sound lovely I know.

susankelly
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

It's worth your while phoning around the different vets in your area and enquiring about the price to see poultry.
I recently had to do this and found the prices varied from 40euro to 20euro.

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Monday, September 5th, 2011


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