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Hi, I purchased 12 pol chickens a week ago and all seemed

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Hi,
I purchased 12 pol chickens a week ago and all seemed fine until yesterday, when I noticed one of them standing apart from the rest, she had her eyes closed, her beak was slightly open and she looked really unhappy. I went into the run and she came over and ate some pellets, but then went to standing in a corner again. I separated her from the others and this morning I looked at her and she'd laid a soft shelled egg, she jioned the others to feed and then was off standing alone with her eyes closed etc.

Any advice would be helpful please!

Many thanks,

A worried chicken owner
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Fiona Steel replied 2 years ago.

Fiona Steel :

Hello

Fiona Steel :

Is she showing any other symptoms? Coughing, sneezing, discharge?

Fiona Steel :

Do you know if they had been vaccinated before you bought them?

Fiona Steel :

It is possible that Hetty may have a respiratory infection, if she had her eyes shut and was mouth breathing

Fiona Steel :

There are a few different agents that can cause repiratory disease in chickens, some viral, some bacterial. A course of antibiotic may often be helpful though, as birds are prone to secondary infection.

Fiona Steel :

The next link goes into more detail, explaining respiratory infection http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/general-health-and-common-diseases/respiratory-disease/index.aspx

Fiona Steel :

I would isolate Hetty for now, place her in a comfortable box, lined with towels where she has easy access to drinking water and tempt her to eat with her favourite foods

Fiona Steel :

There are some good tips on nursing poorly chickens on this link http://www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/CARING%20FOR%20A%20SICK%20OR%20INJ%20%209_08.pdf

Fiona Steel :

It would be a good idea to add aplle cider vinegar to the drinking water, which acts as a tonic http://poultrykeeper.com/common-articles-to-all-poultry/general/apple-cider-vinegar.html

Fiona Steel :

I would also add in some probiotic or live yoghurt to the diet, to help boost the guts friendly bacteria http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/shop/products/index.aspx/category/nutritional-supplements-5

Fiona Steel :

poultry friendly vets, can be found using the next link http://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-vets-uk/poultry-veterinary-practices-services-uk/

Fiona Steel :

please reply if you have any questions

Expert:  Fiona Steel replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Fiona Steel replied 2 years ago.
How is Hetty doing?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hetty is much better now thank you, XXXXX XXXXX her for 2 days she was
back to normal!!

Kind regards,

Pauline
Expert:  Fiona Steel replied 2 years ago.

Hello Pauline,

 

I'm so pleased to hear that Hetty is better.

 

Best wishes Fiona

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