Advice needed - Chicken with drooling tail and struggling to walk

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by missjaneaust, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. missjaneaust

    missjaneaust New Egg

    Feb 18, 2017
    Hi – Desperately looking for some advice.
    I have two gorgeous Isa brown chickens approx. 2.5 years old who are free range in my backyard and every night returned to the coop to lay two beautiful eggs. About a month one of my chickens started laying soft eggs (no shell) and then stopped laying but still eating, drinking, and seemed happy enough. I put her behaviour down to the extreme weather temps (heatwave 35 degree plus days) we have been encountering this summer.

    I mixed some calcium into their food and returned them to normal laying pellets rather than the deluxe mix they were eating. Then approximately a week ago her tail started drooping and she was struggling to walk. I have had her quarantined for the week and she is still eating and drinking well but is still struggling to stand/walk. We have given her a couple of bathes but can’t feel anything stuck. Any advice on what it could be? Or advice on what to do?
    My other girl is fine just missing her friend.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I believe Isa Browns are among the high production egg type. It is common for them to have "female" problems internally as a result. I'm not sure anything can be done. But the ER folks would know best.
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry your girl is having a problem, the ER forum is the best place to find some assistance. Good luck to you.
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! Thanks for joining, I'm sure you'll love it here! :frow

  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy missjaneaust [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am guessing the ‘aust’ is Australia and yes, we have been having a killer summer!

    I agree that the ER Forum is your best bet at getting some assistance and do wish you and your girl all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community - hope your hen is feeling better soon! [​IMG]

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