Auction Hen Having Problems


(Mindy, the hen)

Mindy, the hen

Mindy, the hen

Please HELPPPP, I GOT THIS HEN ALMOST 2 WEEKS AGO, SHE WAS JUST LIKE THIS WHEN I OPENED BOX, SHE'S EATING GREAT, AND DRINKING. SHE'S FIGHTING TO LIVE, I'VE BEEN UP ALMOST 2 DAYS ON THE NET LOOKING FOR HELP

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AUCTION HEN WITH PROBLEMS
by: Sharon

Wow, she seems to be having some serious problems.

I'm not sure what you mean when you say this is how she came out of the box. Did you see her in the auction before bidding on her? Did she have any issues before she was purchased? Could she have been injured between the time she was auctioned and placed in the box?

She is either severely injured or severely ill. Be very careful not to let her near other birds and wash your hands well after handling her.

It's good that she is eating well and she looks alert in the photo, so I'm guessing she was injured.

About all you can do is keep her in a cage or someplace safe, and hope she can heal. Your only other option is to take her to a vet, which can be very expensive, but you will get a better diagnosis by a medical person who can give her a thorough physical exam.

On your own, you can gently check up the leg that is not working to see if there is a break somewhere. Check her wings also to make sure there are no broken bones.

There are diseases that can cause paralysis in wings and limbs, but her eyes look clear and clean. One of these diseases usually causes runny, even bubbly discharge from the eyes and gradual paralysis, which can get better.

If you bought her in this rough condition hoping to fix her, I wish you the best. You risk bringing chicken diseases home from an auction, so always have to quarantine chickens for a week or two before putting them with others, to make sure they are healthy.

A sick hen is probably not going to lay any eggs. Sometimes the stress of going to an auction, being in an auction, and traveling to a new place, can cause a chicken to show signs of illness & or to stop laying for a while. Rest, food & water, warmth and TLC may help her recover.

If she has signs of respiratory disease, like discharge from nares, rattly breathing, gasping to breathe, you may need antibiotics to get her through.

One person recommends, if you don't want to spend a lot at a vet clinic, going to a feed store and buying a bottle of injectible TYLAN 200 and giving 3/4 CC not very deeply into the breast muscle. Repeat in 4 days if still sick.

Antibiotics given orally are often a waste of time and money and no antibiotic should be given unless you know there is some kind of infection.

I hope this helps some and that she gets better soon.

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