1 Yr Chicken wont stand up but everything else OK HELP PLEASE (UPDATED

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alexkidd, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Alexkidd

    Alexkidd New Egg

    Sep 18, 2009

    Hi all

    1st post hope someone can help out..

    i am in sydney australia. Yesterday about 3pm i noticed 1 of my 4 chickens would not stand when i threw out some scraps.

    I walked over and she would not stand up. I though a cat had got her but after checking her there are no marks or cuts

    She can flap her wings when i pick her up.

    After cooling her with a spray bottle as it was a medium hot day for autumn i put her in a dog cage and watched her.
    Feeding her water by hand around 9pm she could hold her head up so i left her for the night.

    This morning she still has not moved (Bar her wings) and would not eat seed (unless i feed her individual sunflower seeds).

    she loved some tuna i gave her and also she would drink from bowl when i put near her mouth.

    She looks like she is gasping for air but she has no difficulty with her breathing.

    It's like she has a really dry mouth.

    She tried to stand a few times this afternoon and got up about and inch or so but then dropped back down.

    She claws seem strong when she grasps my finger and there is not pain or squalking..

    any ideas......

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    my chicken is a brown one with red comb

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    She cannot stand but does try too.
    She looks like she is gasping for air but is breathing ok - looks like a dry mouth.
    She is fully alert- her eyes are response to light and movement and she can now lift her head.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    No sign of injury or trauma

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    32 degree cel temperature yesterday but did have access to water

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Single sunflower seeds and tuna

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Found some sort of egg / poop granular like rocky no sign of blood.

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    Hand feeding and islation

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Treat myself

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    No Wounds

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Shares 1 meter by 4 meter hutch with 3 other chickens for sleeping also have shared laying hutch.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:Sorry, but not all this makes sense. Where are you? Is English not your first language?

    Please answer the questions in this thread:


    On the weight question, this is looking for whether she seems to have lost weight or not. For example, is her keel (breast) bone prominent, and does she feel lighter than other chickens of the same breed? It is not clear whether you are saying she is having trouble breathing. Is she laying, or has she stopped laying? Is she keeping her mouth open and shaking her head? Do you feel any lumps or masses on her lower body?
  3. Alexkidd

    Alexkidd New Egg

    Sep 18, 2009
    Cheers sorry about that i have updated and fixed some spelling just rushed lol.

    She seems the same weight as the other chickens and im not sure on the eggs as she shares with the others
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If you found something in the poo that looks at all like egg yolk or egg white, it sounds like an egg could have broken inside her. If that is what has happened, you need to flush her out to get the rest of the egg and the shells out. If you have a sprayer attachment on your sink, it is ideal for this. Use cool water only. If the problem is anything to do with eggs, a bath is often helpful; just put her in a pan of water and soak her bottom/vent area well. Isolation in a rather dark place can also help sometimes, to relax her and help her pass whatever is in there.

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