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    • CommentAuthorAnneke Van Vugt
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2010 5:25am (Apr 15th 2010)
    Hi there, I am new to this group and am a real chicken nut.
    All my chickens are free range and I have lost a few with the same symptoms. Every 6- 8 weeks for the last three months I was losing one.
    First reduced comb, later losing some weight, diarhea and within days they are dead.
    The one I am worried about now has the same symptoms and does not want to eat/ drink at all.
    She is still pretty strong could I save her? Anybody any Idea?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2010 2:40pm (Apr 15th 2010)
    Welcome Anneke to Hencam.
    Sorry no one has come in yet to answer you.
    Someone with lots of knowhow will come along soon and give you some help.

    I don't have any chicks, I'm just on here to chat as this is such a lovely bunch of folks.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2010 8:03pm (Apr 15th 2010) edited
    Hello Anneke and welcome to hen cam. I can only think your girls might be anemic, Have you checked them and their houseing for mites? It is all I can think of at the moment. Someone else might have other advice. It won't hurt to check them for mites anyhow. Other than that have you tried a visit to the vets ? Try getting her to sip water from your fingers while you have her on your lap, or use a small syringe to squirt some in her beak. You could try to get her to eat some water based items like melon or cucumber as well. She will die for sure if she isnt getting any liquid.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2010 8:56pm (Apr 15th 2010)
    Have a read of this Anneke, Does this sound like what your hen has ??

    Coccidiosis is a poultry disease caused by a microscopic animal or protozoa characterized by diarrhea, listlessness and variable levels of mortality in the affected birds. In spite of research to advance the control and treatments of this disease, it is the single most costly disease of the poultry industry.


    Slow or no egg production
    skin my turn pale
    runny off-colour droppings, sometimes tinged with blood
    weak and lethargic

    Treatment and prevention
    Prevention - Apple Cider Vinegar. A total Natural Organic, anti-bacterial, anti-coccidial anthelmintic and tonic beneficial effects for all livestock and poultry. Increases egg supply and improves feathering.

    Treatment - Coxiod used mostly for pigeons but can be used for poultry. Water soluble treatment for Coccidiosis added to drinking water for 7 days.

    Available in 112mls and 500mls. Contains Amprolium hydrochloride. Available on the internet no need for presciption.

    A good website to buy from - Coccidiosis treatment and prevention | ACV | Coxoid | Bi-oo-Cyst
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2010 11:27pm (Apr 18th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh god, I am so sorry I haven't responded sooner...I've just come back from Lyle's and then was straight off to Leeds with my little cousin Joe and just haven't been on sorry.

    That's horrible, I really hope you can get to the bottom of this and I'm so sorry about your chucks that you have lost. Have they been to a vets?

    My first thought was cocci...any sign of blood in their poops? That's the most obvious sign. How old are these chickens? If you have had them since there were chicks, were they fed medicated feed?

    You might want to check here: POO WARNING!

    Check their poops for worms, them and their house for mites (you will see them moving on the base of their feathers, and white clusters indicate mite eggs. Check in the house by rubbing your fingers underneath the perches: they will come away bloody if you have mites)

    Do your chickens have access to grit? How is their egg production? Does the colour of their comb change?

    Try adding apple cider vinegar to their water, feeding them activated yoghurt. You can try swapping the ACV for sugar in the water, too.

    Erm...hope this helps, good luck with your girls. Keep us updated!