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    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:04pm (Nov 7th 2009)
    Hello everyone!

    I think (my) Milly is ill, she seems to be tired all the time and is always hunched up and just spends most of the day stood still in the middle of the coop, she is also moulting and i don't think she is laying anymore as i have only been getting 1 egg a day and i think that they come from Maisy.
    I let them both out today for a few hours so i could clean the coop and Milly wandered round the garden for about half an hour and then just stood still where she was and closed her eyes as if she wanted to go to sleep. I don't think she actually fell asleep though, i know that she is still drinking water but i don't think she is eating that much and today when i found her a worm she refused to eat it. Her poo is white and looks like milk.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:09pm (Nov 7th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Ace, writing a reply to this now - just wanted to let you know i wasn't ignoring you, but may take a while :001_smile:
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:10pm (Nov 7th 2009)
    Okay, thanks Red! :)
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:24pm (Nov 7th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, so the white milky poop is most likely due to her not eating - that's why there is a lack of solids. The fact that there is any poop at all is a good sign as it does indeed mean she is at least drinking. Are there any worms in her poop? Have your girls been wormed before, and if so how long ago?

    Add apple cider vinegar to their water, as this can help chickens recover from sickness and can help straighten out any problems with the crop. Try mashing their food if you don't already as sometimes a sick hen finds that easier to eat. You can mix raisins in with it / any other favourite treats too. Offer them activated yoghurt - chickens usually can't resist this and it's also good for them and helps their digestive system!

    Check her crop, make sure it's not rock hard or 'squishy' either (it's best to check for hardness first thing in the morning before she has a chance to eat anything - in the morning it should be 'squishy' due to it being empty. At night you should be able to feel food, but it shouldn't be rock hard) Give it a massage which will help loosen any possible blockages in there, and she'll appreciate the attention too :)

    She could possibly be egg bound too, but it's gonna be hard to tell seeing as she could have stopped laying due to winter. Have a feel of her body, stomach - vent, and check to see if you can feel the outline of an egg anywhere. You can try giving her a luke-warm bath (not too hot!) for half an hour, which will help relax her body. You can also oil her vent if you think she could be egg bound, and even if she isn't it won't harm her.

    If she still isn't herself, make a vets appt just to be sure. Good luck with her Ace, keep us updated! :heart:
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:33pm (Nov 7th 2009) edited
    Thank you so much Red. :) The chucks haven't been wormed yet and Mills poop doesn't have any worms in it which is good. I'll check her crop tomorrow and get her some yoghurt and grapes which seem to be her favourate treat. Me and my dad were thinking of giving her a warm bath tomorrow anyway just incase she is egg bound. ;) I'll also get some ACV. Thanks for the advice. :bigsmile: I'll see how it goes tomorrow and then post here.
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 7:26pm (Nov 8th 2009)
    Good luck Ace - there seems to have been a lot of poorly hens this year but there's been lots of advice too which seems to have helped many of them. Fingers crossed for your Milly.
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 9:54pm (Nov 8th 2009) edited
    Thanks Kate! :)
    Me and my dad gave Milly a warm bath this afternoon, she seemed to like it. I bought her some cider vinegar and activated yoghurt which i will give to her tomorrow morning. She seems to be eatting more today! :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 11:32pm (Nov 8th 2009)
    That's good. Perhaps the change in the weather has upset her - I know it has me!! Will be looking for your update tomorrow - hope she enjoys the yoghurt!!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2009 8:37am (Nov 9th 2009)
    Hope Milly is feel a lot better to-day.
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2009 10:48pm (Nov 11th 2009) edited
    Milly looks like she's feeling a lot better today, she has more energy and was running round the garden this afternoon. Plus she is eatting properly again...hoorah!! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2009 4:40am (Nov 12th 2009)
    Ace, I'm glad to hear that your Milly is feeling better.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2009 6:39pm (Nov 12th 2009)
    Oh that IS good news,'s so worrying when you don't know what's wrong with them.
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2009 11:14pm (Nov 12th 2009)
    That's great Ace! Its amazing what cider vinegar and yoghurt can do for them. Maybe us humans should try it sometime too!