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Dizzy hen with swollen crop????

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Hi I have a friend who is very new to chickens, and doesn't have a computer to post or go on BYC, so I thought I'd do it for her.  Anyways, her black australorp(spelling?) hen is very wobbly on her feet.  She had called me and told me her hen wasn't doing good, and I told her I might be able to help.  So, she told me what was wrong, and I didn't know how to help.  I didn't know what was wrong.  As I said, she is very new with chickens, and didn't really know how to describe it very well.  So, I went over there, and I took a look at her hen.  She had her in her garage in a big rubber tub thing with shavings in it and a heat lamp over it.  The hen looked very clean, and I couldn't see anything immediately wrong with it.  She said she had checked for her being egg bound, and she wasn't.  She also said she had electrolytes in the water.  I then went and felt the hen's crop.  It was big and filled with water and squishy.  I immediately thought that her crop might be  blocked and she's dehydrated.  My one hen died from that this summer.  So, I asked if she had any grit.  She did, and we put some grit in a dish for the hen.  She started to eat it, but when she stood up she was very very wobbly.  She would fall over on her side or sometimes fall forward when eating the grit.  So I checked for leg injuries.  Nothing.  We can't figure out what's wrong with her.  I looked it up and thought maybe a vitamin deficiency, but her hens free range, get melons and fruit and treats all the time, so I ruled that out. They also get good feed, the same type I feed mine, and mine are all fine.  I just don't know, and I would feel really bad if the hen died. She just lost another one of her black australorps a few days ago, but she had different symptoms.  Maybe they had the same thing? I can't compare though because I don't know what was wrong with the first hen.  I just thought of something.  Could she be calcium deficient? I forgot to ask if she fed oyster shells or crushed egg shells.  Maybe that's why she's all wobbly.  But it still doesn't explain the crop. Anyways, please comment/reply as fast as possible.  I will try to keep everyone updated on her condition.  Thanks.      

 

*By the way, I am in no way an expert, and if there is something I missed/forgot to check out on her please let me know.  I am still new to chickens as well.  I've only had chickens for a little under two years.  So yeah...    

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Has she been wormed? If so, which wormer was used (it makes a difference). Also how does her poops look? Is she eating and drinking normally, not much, or not at all?

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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post #3 of 4
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Ill have to ask. I'm at my cousins house spending the night but when I get home Ill call her and ask.
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Her hen died 2 days ago....RIP

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