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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:13 pm 
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Hi. I have 2 hens who are 2 1/2 years old. One of the girls has not laid an egg this year at all. She is extremely thin as well. The other hen is fit fine healthy and laying. They are isa browns. Hopefully someone will know the problem? Thank you :-(


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 Post subject: Re: Sick hen
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:10 pm 
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Hi Merryl1 and welcome to BYP.
There are a range of possibilities for your hen's condition. We really need a lot more information before we start guessing or offering advice. Please would you click on the link below and copy and paste your answers back into this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Sick hen
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:44 pm 
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Age: 2.5yrs
Breed:Isa Brown
Sex:F

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Perth WA

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: She is eating a lot but is very thin. She hasnt laid an egg at all since last year.

What are you feeding? - Please list everything you're feeding to your birds, including type of basic feed, free ranging, scraps, extras, etc. If possible give approximate percentages.
ANSWER: Laying Pellets and Wheat mix for poultry mainly, some vege scraps, lettuce, cabbage.


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: hard to tell as lives with 1 other hen. seems fine.

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: no

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: crop feels empty

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: loss of weight. is now losing feathers - not much at all. comb colour looks good.

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: no change in behaviour

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: No

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER: None.

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER:

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER:

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER:

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: no

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: no

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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 Post subject: Re: Sick hen
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:55 pm 
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Thanks for the checklist.
First some background - all females (chooks included) start life with a finite number of potential eggs. ISA are a commercial hybrid which was developed to commence laying early and to lay hard and fast. In a commercial environment they are disposed after by their second laying season as they are no longer economical producers and their health begins to decline.
In a backyard, they may have a longer healthy laying life as they are not subjected to productivity boosters such as additional lighting and specific diet however after their second year ISA's are still elderly ladies with bodies stressed by constant high output. Their health may begin to decline and they have virtually run out of eggs..
Unfortunately your hen may fall into this group. Moulting around this time of the year is not unusual although sometimes it is a reaction to poor health or other stress.
Egg laying (and re feathering) are high protein activities and poultry such as ISA need a high protein ration (min 15%) which should comprise at least 80% of their diet - Ideally available all day with treats such as grain and scraps late in the day after they have had their fill of 'the real stuff'.
I would worm both of your hens - use a product such as Worm Out, Avitrol Plus or Moxidectin Plus. These all contain Praziquantil which is needed to treat Tapeworm as well as the other common poultry worms.
Check her for parasites such as lice. A hen in poor health is an easy target. The fact that she has good comb colour does not indicate anaemia.
Boost her feed to increase the protein. You can offer good quality tinned cat food, meal worms or some fresh mince in small quantities. Avian vitamins a couple of times a week might also help. Make sure they have access to shell grit. If the diet is deficient in calcium they will with draw it from their bones.
Let us know how she goes.
Hopefully she will pick up once she has completed her moult but please keep in mind her age/breeding and be prepared for her not to improve significantly.


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 Post subject: Re: Sick hen
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:53 pm 
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Thank you so much. This is great information that I will follow. I will let you know how she does. :peec :-)


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