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Chicken hasn't moved all day, Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crystal94040, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Songster

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    This morning my husband noticed our hen was laying down and didn't run up to him like she usually does. I thought maybe she's just being broody and went on about the day. By afternoon I noticed she still hadn't moved. I went out to check on her and noticed she was rhythmically trying to "push" something out... ( an egg? poop? I have no idea which ) every second or two she would push. I sat with her for awhile and tried to encourage her to get up, eat, drink....but she ignored me. I forced a few drinks of water in her and let to go tend to my kiddos. This evening I went back out to check on her and she was in the same spot still "pushing"... I took a closer look an noticed a bit of blood on her cloaca. I moved her over by her food and water hoping she'd get up but she didn't. I manually made her stand up...she stood for a few seconds and laid back down. She also wheezed a tiny but, and only for a few seconds.... I'm not sure if that is a true symptom or she was just getting tired of me messing with her. I force fed her a few more sips of water and then put her inside the "sleeping area" of the coop.
    I asked my husband if her has noticed any blood in their poop and he said "no". I also haven't noticed any, although I can't say we have been actively looking.
    Any idea's on whats going on?
     

  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    She may be egg bound. A nice warm soak in a tub might help her relax enough to push it out.
     
  3. I'd bring her in, warm bathe her for about 30 min, wrap her up in a towel to dry then put her in a pet carrier with water, food, and pine shavings, cover the carrier with a towel or a blanket, will hold in her body heat... I just went thru that with my Faverolle Buffy, and she ended laying 2 eggs! POOR GIRL. She was doing the same thing...

    Massage her tummy area while you have her in the bath...

    Might not be to helpful... I am new to this, but thats just what worked for Buffy...
     
  4. crystal94040

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    thanks for the replies. I'll try that. Is there a "deadline" she should lay by?
    i.e. if she doesn't lay within 36 hours she may die....
     
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    Just wanted to update. unfortunately she died a few hours after I posted. None of the other hens seem to be sick so I'm convinced she was indeed egg bound and didn't show any symptoms ( or we didn't notice ) until that day. Thanks for everyone who tried to help.
     

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