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Please help!? Possible Egg Yolk Peritonitis?

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So here's the story, I have a 1 year old Delaware hen named Boo. Boo was in a pen with her Delaware rooster for incubation, when I noticed her eyes were closed but she was following the sound of my voice. I took her out and examined her and noticed she was quite weak and lethargic with a pale comb and waddle. No sign of lice or mites or any other pests and no other hens are showing any symptoms of illness. She is still eating and drinking (water with garlic and acv) and today I gave her a mix of yogurt, honey, ground oats and a little apple cider vinegar. Today I also noticed her poop, it looks like a normal poop, its not frothy or gooey, but the urates are a bright yellow. Also there was a soft deflated egg shell, but she gets plenty of calcium. She was free range before I put her in with the rooster and she was not happy about that, but i figured it was only for a couple weeks. Is it possible that this stressed her into egg yolk peritonitis? I can add some pictures of her and the bowel movement if it helps. Someone please help, Boo is definatly a farm favorite and I hate to see her like this.
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So here's the story, I have a 1 year old Delaware hen named Boo. Boo was in a pen with her Delaware rooster for incubation, when I noticed her eyes were closed but she was following the sound of my voice. I took her out and examined her and noticed she was quite weak and lethargic with a pale comb and waddle. No sign of lice or mites or any other pests and no other hens are showing any symptoms of illness. She is still eating and drinking (water with garlic and acv) and today I gave her a mix of yogurt, honey, ground oats and a little apple cider vinegar. Today I also noticed her poop, it looks like a normal poop, its not frothy or gooey, but the urates are a bright yellow. Also there was a soft deflated egg shell, but she gets plenty of calcium. She was free range before I put her in with the rooster and she was not happy about that, but i figured it was only for a couple weeks. Is it possible that this stressed her into egg yolk peritonitis? I can add some pictures of her and the bowel movement if it helps. Someone please help, Boo is definatly a farm favorite and I hate to see her like this.

I would keep an eye on her. Time will tell if it is Peritonitis, but my best guess would be that she is stressed from the move into a pen with the rooster. If she is stressed she could actually be dehydrated which would make her lethargic and weak. I am assuming she started eating/drinking when you appeared or took her out of the pen. If she is still lethargic you can try to see if something like Nutri-Drench will perk her back up.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/


Edited by Wyorp Rock - 5/10/16 at 9:25pm
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Update. Boo made it another night, but with little signs of improvement. As per your suggestion Wyorp Rock, I gave her some water via syring and I noticed she has a pale yellow goo on the roof of her mouth and around her beak.. Any ideas?
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Can you post a photo of her?

Can the goo be wiped off, like she has eaten an egg or is it more like canker?

 

See post #10 for canker:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1080266/canker

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I checked her crop and it doesnt seem big or squishy but it doesn't feel like there is anything in it either. I heard of a monastat cure for sour crop, my question is do you think it would hurt to try it even if it isnt the problem?
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Can you post a photo of her?
Can the goo be wiped off, like she has eaten an egg or is it more like canker?]


No its not a canker. After I syring fed and watered her I used it to suck out the goo, but tonight when I went to check her out the goo was back again.

Edited by mysticmoonfarm - 5/11/16 at 5:55pm
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So here we are on the fourth day of Boo's recovery with no signs of getting better. Anyone have any ideas?
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