I have a two year old barred rock who's crown started fading in color a few weeks ago. That was the first sign of trouble but she was still acting normally and laying. This weekend she is getting really lethargic. She sits a lot and isn't interested in food. She looks like she is losing weight and is getting weaker  I haven't seen her lay in a week or so. No one is picking on her and she has space to be by herself. I haven't de-wormed them and assume that could be an issue. What are the recommended de-worming treatments? The rest of the flock looks great. Any suggestions for either a good vet or treatments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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I wish I had some suggestions.  It could be anything.  I hope she recovers.  I don't have anything to offer but hope.   Have you tried soft food, like boiled egg or cooked oatmeal??  Something different than her regular food, I guess.  Vets?  I heard that  Dr Contos  on the west side of town  sees "exotics"--meaning birds,  and there is one in the So Valley ...I wish I had a name.  Best to you and your lady.

I used Dr. (Linda) Contos for a duck, years ago.  She is good.  She's switched clinics since then, and I wasn't sure where she was working now.

Dr. Levenson at Southwest Vet Hospital in Corrales sees chickens

Very expensive... I spent $125 and my chicken still died. Nice guy though.

I wonder how your chicken is doing? It doesn't sound like a worm issue to me. If you were worried about worms in your flock you might add some food grade DE to their food. The most important thing to do when you have a sick chicken is remove it from the flock - as in all the way across the yard into another area. If you have a dog kennel you can put her in there with some bedding. The last thing you want is a spreading sickness to afflict your whole flock. Chickens get sick and die - sometimes antibiotics can help, but many times they get a cancer or have organs malfunction and that's that. You can try giving her water with some raw apple cider vinegar in it and cook up some oatmeal to feed her. Maker her comfortable and she may get over whatever problem she's having.


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