Help, sick chicken. Not eating or Drinking

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Help, sick chicken. Not eating or Drinking

Postby AlexandraN » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:51 pm

Hi there, I'm posting on behalf of a friend. She has a chicken that hasn't eaten in a while, and on isn't drinking. On Sunday they manage to get her to drink a little. Shes barely standing up and keeps moving her head back towards her back. She is around 3 years old and has been laying eggs. My friend is very worried and needs help. She cares very much for her chicken.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Re: Help, sick chicken. Not eating or Drinking

Postby nhb » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:52 am

Welcome to the forum. Not a easy one to comment on with a sick chook, and someone who really cares about their chooks. But all of us generally really care about our chooks, and unfortunately if you can't get her eating and drinking there probably isn't really very much that you can do to help her with her recovery, some times you have to be cruel to be kind and dispatch them, I hope it doesn't come to this. But it's also cruel not to do the correct thing by the animal, unfortunately where you have livestock, you also have deadstock, and it is the owners responsibility to make sure that they don't live in unnecessary pain and discomfort . The unfortunate thing with hens is that due to the pecking order they are really good at hiding sickness and weakness, which means that we don't generally get to know that the chook has a problem until it is already to late to help them.
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