I have a hen who is about 1.5 years old maybe 2. About two weeks ago we noticed she was acting weird (she has always been shy but) she would for the most part stay by herself while out free ranging and just stand around a lot. We also noticed a large amount of poo stuck to her bottom feathers/near her vent. We cleaned the feathers and area hoping that was what was wrong but now i have noticed she is walking around with her tail down and is walking slowly. Other things i have noticed are her abdominal area looks a bit swollen and her comb looks extra droopy. She looks pretty miserable. Does this sound like she might be egg bound? How can i tell?
May have an egg bound hen but not sure?!
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I had the same issue...noticed her looking egg bound (feathers puffed and isolated standing around) yesterday and immediately gave her a warm bath, Nutri-drench and isolated her in a dark quiet spot. She passed away today. Yesterday I also noticed another one acting similar, not as severe, and isolated her as well. She is ok so far, no egg but curious droppings (like a mouse pellet look mixed in it). But now this evening two chickens that are still with the flock are standing with their tails low, one almost drops her hind end as she walks/waddles, but both laid eggs today so I don't believe it to be egg binding. But something is going on. I don't mean to hijack your question, but they seem similar in symptoms... I want to be sure that if it needs to be treated, I treat it! (all are on Nutrena layer pellets, get ACV in their water, oyster shell free choice and free range a few hours a day).
Thank you in advance!!!
That is strange. I had a hen die of similar symptoms but I never really found out why. She also had a lump sticking out of her neck but it might have been crop binding or something similar.
That is an excellent idea to have a fecal check done on the flock and if you lose another one, have a veterinarian conduct a necropsy. That way you know what you have to target to get the other back to full health!
Also just a quick note on Zyfend® A to help further understand how it helps when used in every gallon of water provided to your flock 1 week out of every month that worms can infest them. Zyfend A is a proprietary, all-natural supplement formulated to help break down the natural defenses of intestinal worms and their eggs. This makes them more susceptible to attack by the birds immune system, stomach acids and bacteria in the gut that can harm intestinal parasites and their eggs.
And by using it monthly, it helps to stay ahead of worm challenges in your flock. For by the time you see worms/eggs in their droppings, damage is already underway!
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