Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jewels Is Sick~ Chicken Advice Needed

I noticed that Jewels has not been acting like herself. She has lost the feathers on her neck and tail. I was sure she was just molting but they still have not returned after about a month. She has been laying in the nesting box for two days and will not get up. I have researched all I can find. I checked her for parasites but found none. I treated her anyway. I think maybe she has come out of a molt but may be having a hard time laying.  I checked her for a bound egg but I can't see one. I have her on the porch in a kennel and have started a round of antibiotics. All chicken advice is welcome. She is acting a bit better but still laying around. I am not sure what else to try.  My Chicken Farmer Friends~do you have any advice?


Liesa said...

Oh, I hope Jewel gets well. My son has chickens, but we don't know what Jewel's problem might be. I'll ask around though.

I enjoy your blog.

Julze said...

I googled feather-lose and wonder if there's anything here of help

My first thought is which case you probably need to treat her more than the once. My bunny has had mites for some weeks now. We just about got rid of them and then they returned so I'm going through the whole process again. I have been applying an infused oil of wormwood, tea tree and chamomile, plus she loves chamomile "tea" in her drinking water. I would keep Jewels separate to reduce any stress.

All the best to resolving the issue..praying for wisdom from God.

StaceyJeannette said...

No advice here, but I hope she gets better soon!

mama4x said...

Man, I have no idea, but I hope she gets better! Poor thing!

April said...

Ohhh I'm sorry Jewels is sick. Wish I had some advice to give you, but I'm new to raising chickens myself. I have 4 that are 3 months old, and 6 new ones that are 2 days old. I'll be keeping an eye out for replies to this, in case I run into something similar with my chicks.

Miss Jen said...

Oh poor BABY!
I will be praying!

Blessings~ Miss Jen

Laura said...

Good Morning!
So sorry to hear this...but don't give up hope yet! You were smart to separate Jewels...the others will peck at her if she appears weak in any way. I have had hens act in this funky way...losing feathers...not eating as much...somewhat lethargic. My suggestion...what has worked for us before...keep her straw nice and clean...give her some veggie scraps in addition to her layer pellets (you may even want to switch to layer mash for a little while...easier to eat)because she won't be free ranging like she normally does. We've had success with this...and haven't lost that many hens over many many years...hope that helps!

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Good Morning,
I'm so sorry to learn that Jewel's not feeling 100%. Sounds like you're doing everything I would. I also try feeding yogurt and fresh treats. Most of what I've learned has come from Velvet Sparrow's awesome site.
She's super sweet and helpful too. She and others also post on's farm forum with great tips n help.

BTW - I keep coming back to your fun site and have added your button to my blog roll. Thanks for sharing!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

It could be just a really heavy moult that has knocked her around abit,We have hens look "motheaten" for months at a time.
I often give them yogurt to pick them up abit and 'chicken tonic' of carrot(pureed),ginger and garlic.....They go crazy over it and garlic and also cider vinegar has been known to help any internal parasites too.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Jewel has gone "broody". I have one broody girl right now. We have to take her off the nesting box or she will just sit there w/ a crazed look in her eyes ;0 w/ no the brutal Florida heat and take no breaks for food or water!!! A change of scenery is good, keeping them out of the nesting box, etc. I have found great advice on the "Backyard Chickens" and "My Pet Chicken" sites. Here's a tidbit of info-

If she is a bit under the weather and not just broody...I give Echinacea- liquid drops or powdered, Acidophilus (powdered)- you can get both from most health food stores, powdered garlic. Apple Cider Vinegar in the water, Vet RX drops (like Vicks Rub for people) around the nose, mouth and even chest (you can also put a few drops in the water- you can buy this in most feed stores). Hope this helps and you find the sites helpful as well! Give her a hug from Florida for me! - Cristinia



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