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sad I have a chicken that I posted about not too long ago--almost two weeks I believe ( as having white poop coming out of her back end. I thought she had a prolapse. We separated her as the other birds would attack her bloodied white poopy drainage and perhaps the red that they saw..  She appeared somewhat better so we let her back with the other birds--(she was eating--had her own little perch to be left alone) We had our chickens since after Easter of this year when we got chicks. We didn't know what to do. She was eating last night. We thought maybe we could help her by giving her a bath as was a suggestion on the forum. I think it made matters worse by messing with her. We tried to see if she had any impacted egg and found none. We put her in a box with some crumble and water. She ate the crumble last night. This morning and today she is lethargic as ever.  She drank some water that I put a crushed TUMS in thinking it might help her if she is hypocalcemic. I also made her drink earlier today. Not eating anymore today. She pooped today and it was dark brown color---unformed. I cannot afford a vet--nor if I could know of one that knows much about chickens. She is quiet and peaceful in her box. I am expecting her to die at some point today. If there was something else I could do to pull her out of this--I would.

My thought is that because of ignorance, if the interventions of giving a bath were done long ago and anything related to the possible prolapse, she may have done better. Now, I think it just caused her too much stress and she is over the edge and we will lose her.

It's hard to watch a chicken get sick and die.

How do you know if they are suffering or not when they appear so lethargic? Do they EVER pull out of it when they are appearing like they just want to sleep all the time?

Our other 9 chickens are feisty as ever. So far this is our third loss. The other two were to a coyote I believe.

Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
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Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
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post #2 of 11

You said she had a prolapse, and that there was visible 'red' at her vent.  Was her vent pooched out?  If it was, did you push it back in? 

I might be asking repetitive questions.  I will look for your other thread.

post #3 of 11

O.k., i read your other thread and didn't get my questions answered, so i will continue to respond here.

First,  i do know what it's like to go through similar things with my chickens, and i'm sorry you're going through this.  hugs

Now, to your situation, i'm a little sketchy on exactly what is happening, so i will ask,

what are you feeding her?  If you are offering her regular feed, have you tried yogurt or scrambled eggs or something soft that is a little easier to digest?  Even crumbles wet down a little will be easier for her to absorb.

Have you noticed or checked for any problems with her crop?

How exactly did you check for impacted egg?  Have you checked again recently?

Rooting for you.  I will help you if i can.  Don't give up yet.  It might not be too late, ok? hugs

post #4 of 11
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No egg noted in her. Crop seems to be empty today as she has not eaten. She is still drinking water. I put some vitamins in the water as well as the TUMS. I appreciate the feedback. I attempted a scrambled egg last night, but she would not touch it. I didn't attempt again today. We did attempt to push the vent prolapse back in last night. She barely made a peep when we were doing these things to her. I feel sorry for our little red hen. She is a sweet little bird--probably lower on the pecking order I would imagine. We nicknamed her Micro.

Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
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Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
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post #5 of 11

You said you attempted to push it back in last night?  Did you succeed?

If you did not, you have to go and make it happen.  She will definitely not survive if you don't.

I get the feeling that you may have kind of given up, but the she has no chance if her vent is backwards, and she definitely won't start eating again.

A q-tip can be very helpful - also a dab of honey or preparation-h.

post #6 of 11
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We did push it back in. She didn't like it too much--but we did push it back in. She ate some crumble after that happened last night. She is still drinking water now fortunately. I do not have any honey right now but will get some tomorrow. I did read that it works. I haven't totally given up--but am very fearful in the expectation that it is a good chance she will not make it. I am trying to brace myself for the worst.

Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am going to try to give her some soft boiled eye yolk since we have that. Her poop is dark brown liquid. I wish I had more things that I could get pronto. It even could be parasites for all I know.

Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PunkinPeep 

You said you attempted to push it back in last night?  Did you succeed?

If you did not, you have to go and make it happen.  She will definitely not survive if you don't.

I get the feeling that you may have kind of given up, but the she has no chance if her vent is backwards, and she definitely won't start eating again.

A q-tip can be very helpful - also a dab of honey or preparation-h.


I wanted to thank you for responding and your help. She died last night. I wish we could have saved her but I think it was way too late by the time we intervened. She was most likely so stressed out by her sisters pecking at her initially before we had any idea of what might help. Had to learn the hard way. I found another forum that has a vet that answers questions however. If you want the info, let me know and I will send it your way.

Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
Sometimes you're the pigeon,
sometimes you're the statue.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: For some fowl reason!
Reply
post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgtara3 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PunkinPeep 

You said you attempted to push it back in last night?  Did you succeed?

If you did not, you have to go and make it happen.  She will definitely not survive if you don't.

I get the feeling that you may have kind of given up, but the she has no chance if her vent is backwards, and she definitely won't start eating again.

A q-tip can be very helpful - also a dab of honey or preparation-h.


I wanted to thank you for responding and your help. She died last night. I wish we could have saved her but I think it was way too late by the time we intervened. She was most likely so stressed out by her sisters pecking at her initially before we had any idea of what might help. Had to learn the hard way. I found another forum that has a vet that answers questions however. If you want the info, let me know and I will send it your way.


I'm very sorry for you loss.   I know how hard that is.  We're all learning as we go, and we all get a little smarter with each experience.  hugs

As to the other source you found, i can always use more resources, if you will send it to me in an email or pm, i will be grateful.

post #10 of 11

I think everyone would like to know what you found out.

I know I would.

We only have Large Fowl: Light Brahma, Barred Rock,  NHR, Black Sex Link, EE, Light Brahma x Barred Rock (F1) Columbian Rocks
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We only have Large Fowl: Light Brahma, Barred Rock,  NHR, Black Sex Link, EE, Light Brahma x Barred Rock (F1) Columbian Rocks
2 Rottweilers, 1 newfie cross!  Exotic Aviary, & Betta Fish. http://rtpoultrynthings.weebly.com/   http://www.facebook.com/RonnyTaylor
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