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Chicken appears a bit drunk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jbudin2000, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2016
    I have one gal ( Black Sexlink) who started laying at about 51/2 months and after 21 straight days of laying appears to have had a prolapse. We were able to get the egg out and push tissue back in asap. She laid once or twice after that, just yokes. and not since.. She is now about 1 1/2 yrs old still doesn't lay but is a happy camper. Recently she is unsteady on her feet. If she lifts a leg to groom or scratch she tips over and has to regain her balance. Stepping out of the coop in the morning she walks as if tipsy and a bit slower than she use to. She eats heartily, still runs and plays with others. She has taken to sleeping laying down instead of on the perch, assume it's a balance issue.

    Thoughts, suggestions????

    Jodi in Miami
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Internal laying might be a possibility. That and egg yolk peritonitis can cause a lot of the same symptoms. I would check her ears for swelling and swab them out with a QTip in case of an ear infection which might cause a balance problem. Internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis are very common in hens who quit laying early, and have mobility problems. Here is some reading about those:
  3. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2016
    Thank you for your quick reply to my query.

    I will check her ears as you suggested as well. It's been a good 5 moths since she stopped laying. Does that change any suspicions regarding the possibility of internal laying and/or egg yolk peritonitis.

    Her comb is a bit ashen and floppy as well.
    Would there any reason to isolate her? I would feel bad to do it if it's not necessary.


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