3 Sick Hens, 1 Of Which Has Stuck Broken Egg? Please Help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SilverBirdy414, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. SilverBirdy414

    SilverBirdy414 Hatching

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    Hello everyone! I was wondering if I could have some advice for three of my hens. One of them is an Americana, she will be 5 years old later this month and still lays regularly. However she also regularly needs our help getting the eggs out. This morning when we went out, she was standing under a tree, very fluffed up, with a piece of eggshell stuck on her butt and egg white coming out of her vent. She's eating a little bit, and moving around a little, but I'm really worried. She's not eating much and not that responsive. She's the one I'm most worried about. What can we do for her??

    Then we have another hen who we found acting sick yesterday morning. She is also an Americana and 5 years old this month. She has a history of getting sick - Perhaps colds? And she had a case of drop crop when she was. . . Two, I think? Anyway, she's not eating much or moving around much. Her abdomen is very swollen, but it never seemed to bother her before. She was perfectly fine the night before.

    And the last hen is a black sex link, she's 4 years old. Easter morning we woke up and she couldn't walk. She has a mild case of bumblefoot (One of our other hens has a much worse case) on the same leg she can't (Won't?) put much weight on. She has seemed a little more quiet and docile over the past few days but she's been eating and drinking normally. She just can't stand up or walk, really.

    Please help if you guys have any advice!! I'm really worried about the first hen, the others are already improving a little.
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    All 3 could possibly have some reproductive disorders such as internal laying, egg yolk peritonitis, salpingitis, or ascites ( fluid in the belly.) Ascites may be common in those disorders, and with heart or liver failure, and may show up as fullness or spongyness in the lower belly between legs.That fullness may also be from egg masses or infection, or even cancer. Hens with those disorders frequently lose weight, have poor appetites, problems walking preferring to sit or lie down, do not lay or have thin or shell-less eggs that can break inside, and runny poops.
    I have a lot of old hens from 5-7 years old, and lose one now and then from a similar illness. Since not a lot can be done for reproductive problems, I just try to get them eating chopped egg or wet chicken feed, and keep them comfortable. They either die or I put them down if they are suffering. Sorry about your chickens.

    Crop problems can frequently be a result of another illness in the body. Do some searching up top under “search forums” for sour crop and impacted crop treatments.”
     
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  3. SilverBirdy414

    SilverBirdy414 Hatching

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    Thank you so much! :)
     

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