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Can Chickens get constipated?????

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have a hen just came out and feed everyone and shes not acting right very listless just stands there and dosent want to eat or drink my husbend massaged her but and got some runny yellow diarea out please help thanks

post #2 of 55

Have you found anything out? I have a chicken with the same issue.  I dont think she is egg bound.

3 Americaunas, 3 French Copper Marans, 2 Barred Rocks & 2 Rhode Island Reds.  10 Hens...yep 10 Hens!  and 3 Rat Terriers 2 White Peekins 1 Black Cat a Puppy and a Guppy!   

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3 Americaunas, 3 French Copper Marans, 2 Barred Rocks & 2 Rhode Island Reds.  10 Hens...yep 10 Hens!  and 3 Rat Terriers 2 White Peekins 1 Black Cat a Puppy and a Guppy!   

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post #3 of 55
I would worry about internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis, especially in an older laying hen. Here are a couple of links.
http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
http://www.avianweb.com/eggyolkperitonitis.html
post #4 of 55

X 2 on the possibility of peritonitis, she could also have some other type of infection, coccidiosis or worms.

 

Pick her up and check her over carefully.  See if she's lost weight and check her lower abdomen, see if she feels swollen or bloated.

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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I know this is an old thread but I have a 6 month old pullet that has been acting listless and trying to push something out her back end. Thought maybe she was egg bound and soaked her in Epsom salt bath, rubbed oil around her butt and waited, but nothing. She is eating a little. When I feel underneath she feels bloated or harder than normal. Could she be constipated? Does anyone have any other ideas I can try? Feeling desperate for her!
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I know this is an old thread but I have a 6 month old pullet that has been acting listless and trying to push something out her back end. Thought maybe she was egg bound and soaked her in Epsom salt bath, rubbed oil around her butt and waited, but nothing. She is eating a little. When I feel underneath she feels bloated or harder than normal. Could she be constipated? Does anyone have any other ideas I can try? Feeling desperate for her!
Have you actually used gloves and ky to check her vet to see if you felt an egg?
post #7 of 55

These pictures might help you feel for an egg:

 

 

 

-Kathy

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No I haven't but her vent is really small.
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No I haven't but her vent is really small.

What breed is she?

 

-Kathy

post #10 of 55
Plus do I try and feel straight in and how far?
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