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Hi everyone. I have one black chicken that I acquired & she's about 7 months old. She is outside during day but sleeps inside at night. Last Saturday I noticed she wasn't feeling well. Sunday morning I checked her crop since she hadn't gone to the bathroom in over 24 hours & it was full - so I massaged it thru out the day & she finally went but it wasnt normal. She didn't leave her blanket for 4 days but would eat soft foods - yogurt, grapes, tomatoes & turkey hot dogs. I put apple cider vinegar in her water. The last 2 days I have been making her come outside with me for a little while & she does pep up & & peck & scratch & give herself a bath but then wants to go back in. She normally lays an egg almost daily but hasn't laid one since Saturday. Her crop has been fine since then & she doesn't appear to be egg bound. There is a lot of thick white in her stool. Can anyone help me with suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated? Thank you Tracy & Velvet the chicken
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Hi welcome-byc.gif Tracy

Glad you could join the flock! I'm sorry to hear you have a poorly hen hugs.gif
Have you checked that she has not got an egg stuck? Here is an article all about egg binding in this link ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-binding-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention
Often though when a hen is poorly and under the weather she will quit laying anyway. Has she been wormed at all? Could be a worm burden that is bothering her. As you said she had crop problems here is an article about this too ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments
Could she be starting a moult? This can be quite a stressful time for them as it takes a lot out of them to produce the new feathers.

I see you have posted in the emergencies section, that is a rest place where lots of members will be able to help you.

Good luck with her, I hope she is back to full health soon fl.gif

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:welcome

 

Yorkshire coop has given you some great information and links, I hope it helps get your girl back to normal soon. It's always worrisome when they aren't feeling themselves.

 

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Welcome to Backyard chickens.    Soft foods like plain yogurt,  mashed hard boiled egg,  warm oatmeal   may be better to feed her without upsetting her digestion.  I hope folks on the emergency thread can diagnose her and recommend treatment.      Is she drinking well enough, I know you said   she's eating?  Have you had her very long. Chickens are flock animals and generally do better with a few buddies around.

 

It sounds like she is a house chicken,  if so that is fine. House birds end up being very sociable  like pet dogs. They consider their humans as flock members. There is a very good thread called "people with house chickens."

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