Sick three year old hen
by Jeanne Aaroe
(Greensboro, NC, USA)
Sick three year old hen: My hen has very little use of her legs. No mucus discharge or swollen joints. Some broken feathers around tail area as if pecked--otherwise full-feathered.
Was willing to drink milk and eat some yogurt. Quiet. She was up and about yesterday afternoon--so the first time I noticed this was this morning when she looked to be simply lying down in a "setting" fashion--and was pecking at conveniently-placed grain.
I got home this afternoon and realized that she had barely moved from her location.
I have separated her and she's now in our basement in a box with shavings. She has not touched spinach and lettuce that I laid out for her.
As I said, she did drink milk and eat some yogurt. The rest of the hens look relatively fine--all were in the yard this evening looking lively.Answer
Isolating the hen was a smart move. I would suggest that you thoroughly check her over for any injuries. If the other chickens were pecking her, it is possible that they have injured her wings, legs or underbelly.
You said that she won’t eat her greens. Have you checked her crop? Most hens with sour crop don’t eat anything but yogurt or applesauce. Be sure that she does not have sour crop by massaging the crop and smelling her breath.
It would be wise to continue feeding the yogurt and milk as she has no problems eating those. I would also try some applesauce; hens love applesauce! Juicing the lettuce and spinach may be inviting for her.
You could also add some molasses to her regular feed as well. Adding some vitamins to her water would certainly not hurt.Return to Raising Chickens Home Page