Hi One of our chickens is acting oddly. She is falling asleep constantly when standing up. She is eating a little bit, laid an egg this morning, but is definitely not herself. Crop and vent seem fine, no sneezes/coughs. She was the most active chicken, slowed down yesterday and spent most of today asleep. Any ideas and what would you do? It would be DD's chicken wouldn't it?
Thanks Tortoiseshell. She is eating and drinking ok, ran as usual for mealworms! Eyes, comb, crop, vent all seem ok. Checked for red mite, re-applied powder. She tucked herself into the house with the others at about 8pm and we'll check in the morning. I've got some poultry spice so will give tomorrow. Just seems really sleepy . Thanks for your thoughts.
My Barbu cockerel sleeps all of the time, but this is normal for him. If it is out of character then it is a bit worrying. Tortoise's suggestion is good - you can also try poultry tonic which is available from countrywide stores and the like. You add it to the water.
The only other thing is she might be going broody (though it doesn't sound like it). If she fluffs up her feathers when you approach her it can be a sign.
Hi Still very sleepy, standing in the run asleep! Will wake if we approach. Eating & drinking very little, (her poo-pile under her roosting spot in the house was much smaller than the others, though normal in other ways).
Will still come running if the mealworm tub is shaken though
She doesn't seem to be in pain, just tired! I hadn't thought about broodyness, but wouldn't she try to stay in the nesting box rather than standing up?
I put some tonic in the water this morning and DH will check her this afternoon and maybe phone vet. I had to work today so don't know if she's laid an egg. She has been laying 1 a day so far since we got her 10 days ago.
I feel like a new mum all over again, looking up symptoms, seeking reassurance....I'll keep you posted and thanks for your suggestions.
Up-date! DH took her to vets, they gave an injection of anti-biotics and diagnosed a lice infestation. We've been powdering chickens and house regularly but not with a product containing something beginning with P (I've got it written down somewhere), so need to get some today.
She perked up after the injection, free ranged for a bit, pecked the others and came running for mealworms and sweetcorn.
Came out of the house this morning but still sleepy. I'm taking her back to vets today for a blood test, maybe that will shed more light on it.
Other chickens seem fine, so hopefully its not contagious.