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chicken barely moves, looks bloated

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by julia tayloe, May 30, 2017.

  1. julia tayloe

    julia tayloe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a sick hen. She stays in the coop most all day though she was active outside this morning. She started becoming listless yesterday afternoon staying in her nesting box for several hours. She is eating and drinking a little but hasn't really improved or become worse. On her box, she is sitting and alert. She is eating yogurt and drinking water when offered to her. She looks bloated but has no hardness in her belly area. I massaged her chest which also was soft to the touch. She is making a strange growling chirp when disturbed. Her eyes look clear and her comb looks bright and normal.
    I added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the flock's water. None of our other 12 hens are sick.
    She is a two-year-old Spotted Sussex and I love her dearly.
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Hi! It's Wicked's Twin Premium Member

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    Broody??
     
  3. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody hen is my guess.
    Good that she is eating.... getting upset when she is sitting on eggs seems normal.
    Keep an eye on her....
     
  4. julia tayloe

    julia tayloe Out Of The Brooder

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    She has not laid an egg.
     
  5. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Maybe i am missing some information.
     
  6. julia tayloe

    julia tayloe Out Of The Brooder

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    2 years old
     
  7. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is just broody... even though it may not her personal egg, she will sit on it, or them. She is just a good mama.... keep an eye on her, but i suspect she is just doing her job.
     
  8. Chickenlover2017

    Chickenlover2017 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She should be laying if she is two years old they usually start laying at five months
     
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  9. julia tayloe

    julia tayloe Out Of The Brooder

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    She is not sitting on any eggs, we move them.She is really bloated. Should I take her to the vet tomorrow, if she does not improve?
     
  10. julia tayloe

    julia tayloe Out Of The Brooder

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    She was laying but not now
     

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