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Chicken is sick. What is wrong? I am new at this!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicksgirl123, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. chicksgirl123

    chicksgirl123 New Egg

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    For the past three days or so my chicken has been extremely lethargic and has not been acting like her usual self. Found her in the middle of the yard the other morning after noticing she didn't make it back to the coop the night before. She has not been eating very much but has occasionally eaten the wet bread I have tried to give her. I have tried giving her a mashed up hard boiled egg and she has nibbled at it. Her poop is greenish/white and she is not egg bound. She is about 2 years old. I've posted some pictures depicting her condition. Her mouth sometimes also remains open for a few seconds then she closes it. She doesn't walk for long and when she sits down she appears to lean to one side more than the other.

    What is wrong?! Any suggestions/help would be great. I am new to owning chickens and do not want to lose her. Any help would be great! Thank you

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. There are many conditions that can affect chickens, but one that is very common in hens that age is internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis. They may not eat much, can have trouble walking very far without hurting, lay infrequently or not at all, and can have runny droppings which can contained egg material. Antibiotics such as enrofloxacin may help buy some time, but there isn'ta great deal that can be done. There are many threads here on knternal laying if you go to the search box at the top of the page. I would recommend worming her if she hasn't been recently.
     

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