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I have a 7 yr. old Barred Rock that has lost her appetite &

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Hi, i have a 7...
Hi, i have a 7 yr. old Barred Rock that has lost her appetite & is lethargic and feels light & thin. Her crop is empty but seems to be full of air & her comb is a little pale. Eyes are clear & breathing is okay. She had a minor case of bumblefoot this past summer which i was able to quickly heal, her feet are fine now. Please help, she is a very cool chick :)
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Curtis, you've described quite an ill hen. Unfortunately, the symptoms you've mentioned can indicate any number of illnesses or health issues. In avian medicine, there's rarely one cause of a condition, so we usually begin with a list of differential diagnoses and use lab tests, X-rays, and physical exams to differentiate one from another. With this in mind, your best course of action is to reach out to your county-extension poultry personnel or avian-oriented veterinarian (please see here: www.aav.org) for help in differentiating the various causes of what you're seeing. Veterinarians can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests, including X-rays, to distinguish between the differential diagnoses.

It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of the Izzy's financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen.

Until Izzy can be attended to, please hospice her as shown in this link: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/02/how-to-help-sick-chicken.html It frustrates me that I can't be more specific for you from here. If there are any other worrisome symptoms please let me know.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about Izzy. How is everything going?
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