Above is a link to a YouTube video of the hen. This came on sudenly. When I pick her up she rolls her head from side to side similarly to a blind person. She also spasms and throws her head against her back. She is unable to stand or hold herself level. If there is an indentation in the ground she pushes her head in and then her body rolls on one side. On level ground, she lays on one side and sometimes fights or spasms stretching her legs and wings. While lying on her side, she holds her head either tucked under her breast or stretched out forward. She exhibited an odd biting behavior snapping at the air as though for a flying insect. She did not show any respiratory distress or runny nose or eyes earlier, but as her condition worsens her breathing has become heavier and faster and I’m beginning to hear a little fluid build-up in her throat. I know she is dying, but would like to know the cause in hopes of preventing the rest of the flock from becoming infected. Is this a symptom of parasites? Is this a symptom of a common disease? Her coloca area is clean. She is offered a free choice a diet of a balanced 16% Organic layer ration and free access to the outdoors all day. The only toxic plant in the area I’m aware of is nightshade. There are mice that come into the chicken house at night. Her water is changed daily, but frequently it is dirty with poop when I come to clean it.
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One more thing... My husband threw out some seeds yesterday for Four O’clock flowers, aka Marvel of Peru. They aren't in a part of the yard where the chickens usually go, but it is possible she found them. Someone posted Plants Chickens Don’t Eat and Four O’clock were on her list. That doesn't mean my bird didn't pick up a seed. Websites state Four O'Clocks are mildly poisonous causing gasrrointestinal distess. Mirabilis jalapa (FOUR O'CLOCK, MARVEL OF PERU); entire plant; gastrointestinal tract affected by the alkaloid trigonelline; plant also causes dermatitis. Has anyone ever seen how a chicken reacts after having eaten Four O'Clock seeds? She died shortly after my post last night. I thought it prudent to go in and have a look around. Her craw content is grains: corn, peas, barley (in her layer ration) and some leaf material. I don't know enough about chicken anatomy to find the stomach, if one like ours even exists. When I follow her esophagus, it goes to a hard mass that I presume is a gizzard. Had she injested a Four O'Clock seed that made it to her digestive tract, how would i find it? I have to go to Ft. worth today, but I'll put her in the refrigerator in case someone has suggestions for what to do next in my home necrposy. Her organ color looked good. When I figure how to post photos on this site, I will attach some.