Loss of weight/very lathargic and weak
by Dr. Robert Dodge
(Crewkerne, Somerset.United Kingdom.)
Loss of weight/very lethargic and weak. We have a Golden Partridge Bantam who recently has lost quite a lot of weight.
We had noticed she had been keeping herself separate from the rest of the flock and hopping out of the pen to eat the remainder of the wild bird seed.
In the last few days we have taken her out and popped her in our bath.We have tried to get her to eat oats,chick crumb and drink water - she can eat and drink but is starting to struggle, we decided to purchase a syringe and feed her a watery mash. But, we are worried that we will accidentally get food into her lungs.
There are no signs of parasite or disease, her stools are normal in regards to how they should look, I have also noticed that today there is a nasty smell which I last smelt when I lost a royal python - it is hard to explain.Answer
It certainly sounds like your hen may be suffering from Sour Crop. Any undigested material can be stuck in the crop and begin decomposition.
This never smells good. Sour Crop also causes hens to stop eating and drinking properly.
This may sound silly but feed the hen plain yogurt. The culture in the yogurt will help to break down any food that is stuck in the crop.
If that doesn’t work, seek veterinary care as hen’s can go downhill quickly when they refuse to eat and drink.Return to Raising Chickens Home Page