Hen Looks Weak and Confused
Hen Looks Weak and Confused: My hen this morning doesn't appear normal. She came out of her house with the other hens and didn't seem herself.
Her comb was pale and she was drinking lots of water(no it's not hot here as of yet 60's. She seems like she is confused and won't really eat.
I tried offering her different things, she just doesn't seem right. She seems to have a stool all stuck to her feathers on her bottom. She had something similar to this about 1 yr ago.
A friend gave me Baytril which i gave to her orally. She was so bad but she pulled through and has been fine ever since until now. She has food in her coop 24/7 but yet seems very thin. Any clue? I would really hate to see anything happen to her.Answer:
She should be separated from the flock. If Baytril helped her last time and something similar happened, it may help again.
If she has been broody, sitting on the nest a lot, that could account for thinness. She may have worms, which might account for thinness and loss of good color in her comb.
Worms can consume some of her blood supply leaving her weak and feeling poorly. I would get some vitamin electrolyte powder at the feed store. This can help boost her energy and give some appetite back.
If she has worms you need a good broad spectrum wormer. You may need to treat your flock, if you find she has worms.
Offering her some heat at one end of a cage may help raise her metabolism and spark an appetite again. Return to Raising Chickens Home Page