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HELP! Hen acting as if choking!

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I have a 8 month old EE that has been on my radar for a month or two. Just seemed to be behind and stopped laying but was still eating and drinking ok so I wasn't too worried. Over the past couple of days I have been finding her feather everywhere. Now this morning I fed them their dry food and she went to eat it and sneezed then held her beak open like she was choking. I tried to give her the fermented food (I started this about 2 weeks ago) and she did the same thing. Then a mucous type fluid started coming up
She is holding her head stretched out and feels like she has lost weight. When I touch her crop she seems even more irritated by it. She is holding her beak open and seems stressed. I have separated her but don't know what else to do! Help!
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Hi there - not really sure what ails your bird - have you looked up 'impacted crop' or 'sour crop' in the learning center. You might be able to get an ides from there, sorry I can't be more help,

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Thank you for the reply! I think she was ACTUALLY choking!  She is all better now and was able to eat.  The only other thing is I can't figure out why she is dropping feathers left and right and stopped laying eggs.  She is 9 months old, too young for a molt right?

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Thank you for the reply! I think she was ACTUALLY choking!  She is all better now and was able to eat.  The only other thing is I can't figure out why she is dropping feathers left and right and stopped laying eggs.  She is 9 months old, too young for a molt right?


Yes 9 months is too young. Has she been stressed recently? without food? water? light? Is she plucking feathers from her breast - she might be getting broody...

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Her tail feathers are just falling out. I don't see her plucking. She seems happy. Can't get enough to eat either. No changesother than new chickens were added when the egg laying stopped. That was about 2 months ago and the chickens were picking on her a bit. 1 month before that she lost her "sister". I am sure she has been a bit stressed with all of that but doesn't outwardly show it.
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The other feathers she is losing i think are from her chest but i can't be sure! Just wake up in the morning or come home in the evening and there are more feathers! She doesn't look bald on any spots though.
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The other feathers she is losing i think are from her chest but i can't be sure! Just wake up in the morning or come home in the evening and there are more feathers! She doesn't look bald on any spots though.


What breed are your new chickens? It's possible they are picking on her - literally. If you can check her over for bugs - lice, fleas etc. this is a good time to do it.  Does she have any red, bleeding or scabbed areas on her skin? The exposed areas will tell you this - face, legs etc.

  I'm thinking that it's likely stress and possibly some picking going on..... keep an eye on them. Keep us posted, :thumbsup

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Thanks for all of your help! The new chickens are Barred Rocks.  I know there did pick on her a bit at first. Her comb had sores on it.  Now those are (slowly) resolving.  Her comb is a bit paler than the other birds.  I checked her completely over, did not see any external parasites or evidence of any (although I am still new at this and could have missed something).  The Barred Rocks do seem a bit bossy, I have a Splash Orpington too but I think they leave her alone because she is like the size of a turkey compared to everyone! She is EXTREMELY passive though and was raised with my EE so I know the 2 of them are fine. My EE has always  been a bit bossy, she is the first one to eat usually flying INTO the food pan when I carry it out! But the Barred Rocks are a tad bit bigger than her and are little bulldozers. 

 

Is there anything I can do if they are picking on her that will help? Or is it just time?

 

Thank you again for all of your help! 

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Thanks for all of your help! The new chickens are Barred Rocks.  I know there did pick on her a bit at first. Her comb had sores on it.  Now those are (slowly) resolving.  Her comb is a bit paler than the other birds.  I checked her completely over, did not see any external parasites or evidence of any (although I am still new at this and could have missed something).  The Barred Rocks do seem a bit bossy, I have a Splash Orpington too but I think they leave her alone because she is like the size of a turkey compared to everyone! She is EXTREMELY passive though and was raised with my EE so I know the 2 of them are fine. My EE has always  been a bit bossy, she is the first one to eat usually flying INTO the food pan when I carry it out! But the Barred Rocks are a tad bit bigger than her and are little bulldozers. 

 

Is there anything I can do if they are picking on her that will help? Or is it just time?

 

Thank you again for all of your help! 

It will likely resolve in time. See how she goes....:)

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