Chicken Illness and Other Drama on the Homestead


Faithful Homesteader

I have had my hands full with my three chickens this spring. I had everyone laying and doing well, but that has all changed. We have been nursing one chicken for several weeks. Another one had gone broody, but now she is crowing up a storm. Then we have one more broody girl that we are trying to break.

After keeping an eye on our little Lilah, I started to suspect she could have worms since she had been losing weight. I was able to get that confirmed from the vet and we started treatment for the flock. She still continued to lose weight and started having some breathing issues.

My husband was reluctant to go to the vet for a full exam because we had paid so much money in the past to try treatments, but still ended up losing our girls. We read that antibiotics don't always work. I understood his point and started looking for home remedies. I ended up giving her some colloidal silver and activated charcoal. We also have been using VetRx mostly in her water to try to help with the breathing.

three chickens

She did seem to start feeling better and I would see her eating. We also fed her with a dropper to try to help fatten her up. In addition, we have been feeding her organic baby food as supplemental food. It really has been up and down with her, but I am glad to see that she has had improvement. She is not 100 percent, but I hope that will soon change.

Our crazy hen Buster was looking so good and being all productive, but of course she can't resist going broody. It seemed like I was able to break her fairly quickly, but then she started to crow. The worst thing about it was that she would sometimes crow way early in the morning well before sunrise. That is not cool.

4/24/2018 10:27:19 PM

Thanks for the information.

Jessica Stuart
4/19/2018 9:28:21 PM

Perhaps you should consider checking out find it a pretty useful resource. They provide a chicken symptom checker tool, toxic plants lookup, infographics, vet directory, predator identifier tool, chicken case stories, and tons more of really useful info for chicken owners.

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