One of our farmingfriends forum members recently posted about her poorly hen and was seeking advice on what might be the matter. She let us know as much information as possible about her hen by answering a set of questions, which I thought was very useful.
I thought that these were useful questions to consider if you have a poorly hen and you are seeking advice.
What age is your hen? What breed if known and what gender?
What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? – As much detail as possible please.
Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
Change’s in The Hen’s Condition?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
Agility Changes? – eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
Have you wormed your hen? Do you have a cycle that you use for worming eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather, predators, vermin, etc
If you have any photos of your poorly hen then they can also help others to suggest what might be the matter, but a phone call to your local vet is always helpful.
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