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HELP! HEN LATHARGIC, NOT MOVING!

 
                                    
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HELP! One of my hens isn't moving! Shes not drinking or eating either. She can stand on her legs for a few seconds, if I pick her up and get her to stand. She appears to be unable to move, sinking slowly back onto her side. She appears to be tired, always closing her eyes. Please, any help would be appreciated. Also, is something like this contagious? I have 11 other hens, and don't want something happening to them
 
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Move her into her own area, preferably in a climate controlled space, quiet, and keep an eye on her.  Sometimes chickens just get sick and die.  Sometimes they get sick and recover if they can avoid stress.

 
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AGREED!  Whenever you have a sick bird, quarantine her until you can determine that it is not something that could spread.  As much as any of us hate to lose a bird, losing an entire flock is inexcusable.  Chix are very easily stressed, so put her in a safe, comfortable, and quiet location.  Whether she is eating or not, provide ample cool water, and a variety of food stuffs.  Only time will tell.
 
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I had a chicken who suffered multiple seizures, almost seemed to be in a coma at one point, no visible cause.  She recovered and lived many years and was our single best laying hen (an Araucana).

 
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cull her.  and burn the carcass.  keeping sick animals around is a gamble with hellacious odds against you.
 
                                    
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The hen died . Thanks anyways guys.
 
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Sometimes they just die. 
 
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yup.  made the choice easier on ya.  now keep an eye on all the rest of um.
 
                                
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Did she have mites?  I have lost a few to mites.  It seems that they aren't well to begin with, but nothing really noticeable and they stop dust bathing, then the mites come and finish them off.  Both times it happened it was too late by the time they showed symptoms.  None of the other hens had mites, so I am thinking they go after the sick hen who isn't keeping up on her natural defense, dirt.

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