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Sick hen pls,pls help

Discussion in 'Bird Health and Nutrition' started by Ewan154, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Ewan154

    Ewan154 PetForums Newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
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    My 2 year old hen is-

    1. Lethargic, weak, quiet, not socialising with group
    2. No strength in her legs- can't jump up onto ladder
    3. Brown, runny poos
    4. The comb is floppy at the back.
    5. she eating but only small bits of food and drinking. She was peacking the grass yesterday and today.

    She has a fairly bad heavy infestatin of Red mights. We put Barrier Red Mite Concentrate on her last week and then we put Frontline Spot on cat on her yesterday. She is still abit unsteady on her feet as well.

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  2. deb53

    deb53 PetForums VIP

    Jun 4, 2009
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    Sorry cant help you as know nothing about Hens :eek:

    Hopefully someone will be along soon who can.

    Just wanted to bump it up for you.

    Hope she gets well soon.:)
  3. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

    Jan 22, 2010
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    Try posting in the poultry section instead, you may be able to get some more advise
  4. Pats

    Pats PetForums Newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
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    I can't say what is possibly wrong with your hen unless she has 'crop block' which makes them feel and look unwell and of course she wont want to eat.

    When my hens had this trouble I used to gently massage the crop in an upward movement and tilt them forward, they were 'sick' for want of a better word and problem solved.

    Best isolate her as hens can be very 'unkind' and pick on an unwell bird.
  5. poohdog

    poohdog PetForums VIP

    May 16, 2010
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    Red mite will weaken any bird...take serious steps to get rid of them,especially in the housing.Red mite don't live on the bird...they come out at night from all the nooks and crannies.
  6. calico

    calico PetForums Junior

    Apr 2, 2011
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    Surely Frontline for cats is meant for cats not chickens. That will probably make her even worse.
    Keep her warm on her own for a while with food and water and her favourite treats.
    And, most importantly, treat the chicken run and cage with powder or spray to deal with the red mite infestation.
    Good luck.
  7. AlexArt

    AlexArt PetForums Senior

    Apr 25, 2010
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    You need to spray your whole chook house for red mite - they have come out in force this year I think because of the mild winter it didn't kill them off.
    You can use frontline spot-on on chooks - I use it on mine - I think it's 4 drops for a bantam and 6 to 8 for a larger chook, you can also use frontline spray - it's not liscenced for chooks but an awful lot use it as the poultry spot ons have similar ingredients. I don't think there is an egg withold on it - but I like to make sure and don't eat the eggs for a week after dosing them. When did you last worm your chooks? - as a heavy burden of them can weaken birds too.
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