QUESTIONS TO ASK - POORLY HENS

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Hi, i have two exchequer leghorns bought at the same time in early september, they settled well with the other hens but on a routine 'look over' a few nights ago i realised that one of them is skin and bone under all her feathers. Having watched her she does all the things a healthy chicken should - but eat. Obviously she is nibbling. I have even tried seperating her in the coop with food and water but she still does'nt eat. I can't help feeling she is not going to make it through the winter without more meat on her. she is poy and i have checked for internal and external parasites with all my hens - can any one help me? thnx

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Welcome )t'

What do you feed them and how much/when?
A protein boost will help such as maggots/mealworms.
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*BUMPING* this up.

Just wanted to add, if your hen has respiratory problems and is either gasping for air or has mucus coming from eyes, nares or beak - it definitely needs seeing by a vet.
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Hi Bluebell very informative post,I have a poorley hen with some of the symptoms that you discribe in paragraph 2 not moveing about unusual faeces etc got the symptoms but what is the answer to a cure or what is the illness I have lost two other Hens with the same sort of thig?
bluebell wrote:Sooner or later we come across a hen which shows signs of being unwell. The nature of hens is that they may be ill for some time before showing signs, its part of their 'genetics' that they mask illness to discourage predators from picking them off.

Symptoms of having an unwell hen can range from them being hunched up, head down, eyes closed, not moving, not eating or drinking, passing unusual faeces, not laying or laying unusual eggs, etc. More serious symptoms are going to be paralysis, hen having difficulty breathing, fitting, hen having accident resulting in broken limbs, deep wounds requiring stitching, prolapsing.

If you suspect your hen is unwell you have to make your mind up if you have the experience to deal with the illness, decide if you have any ideas what the problem could be and then decide if you can resolve or if you need the services of a vet.

Trying to work out what is wrong with your hen is detective work - ask yourself is your hens digestive system working properly (hen eating and drinking, crop functioning properly, hen passing normal faeces. Next hens breathing - hen not gaping (beak open and rapid 'breathing'), comb and wattles and mucus membranes looking pink, not dark red or even blue. Has your hen got any sign of ecto or endo parasites (worms, lice, mites, fleas, ticks). Remind yourself when they last had treatment against these parasites. Does your hen have a full range of movement, able to walk, no signs of injury to legs, wings, etc. Any paralysis, discharges loss of blood.

By now you should have an idea, at least, of what the problem could be and this is the time to decide - can you treat or do you need assistance of vet.

Hope this helps someone. I'm sure I've overlooked something here, but having one of those nights where I cannot sleep and just rattling on DTL. )t'
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When did you last worm your hens and what with?
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Hi Bluebell last wormed about two weeks ago flubenvet the other three hens are ok
bluebell wrote:When did you last worm your hens and what with?
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i have just got 4 hens yesterday 1 of them is haunched up head down looking a bit sad any ideas whats up and what i could do to help her mull
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Could be she's just feeling more stressed than the others with the move.... might be she has a soft shell in the tubes which is harder to lay...

Just keep an eye on her for now but if you are worried then a vet is the best option.
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ill be keeping a close eye on her and keep you up to speed on her condition and maybe ill try this apple cider vinegar tonic
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I'm posting in the hope that any new members, who keep hens, will read this (if they haven't already).
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Thank you for the post Bluebell. I found it really helpful :-D .
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hi there
I have a chicken who i'm not sure if she's poorly or broody. she seems to have separated herself from the others. she's very affectionate and happy to be handled but her crop is pale and floppy. she's eating and drinking less than usual and spending lots of time inside on the perch. the others aren't pecking her but it's like she's depressed. ive checked her and can't find any obvious problems. any ideas what might be going on?
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Hi

It doesn't sound as if she's broody, sounds as if she's sick. How old is she? And how long has she been doing this for?
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Hi have read your very helpful article I have a question one of my new girls who has just started laying & who is normally happy and healthy has over the last day or two started to withdraw from the other's. She sits in the corner head down eyes closed, although if I put food into the coop she does get up & eat, She is eating & drinking, she is also laying although not today, I put health tonic powder on there food & red mite treatment in there water once a week, she is showing no signs of red mite infestation, can u suggest what else I can do,
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Manda can you help with this at all???????

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