Chicken lethargic, moving strangely, poop on feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by travelingchick, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. travelingchick

    travelingchick Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone! This is my first time with a sick chicken so I'm really not sure what to do. My hen is almost 2 years old and has started acting very strangely. While the others peck around outside, she stays hunched in the coop or stands in this very unnatural looking straight-up position (see picture). She will drink water and eat a bit, but when she walks she kind of staggers but in the same sort of straight-up position. When I turn her over I see a lot of poop caked to her feathers. It's hard to clean because it's been very cold here and is frozen to the feathers. I have inspected her vent but it looks clean. She hasn't been laying but I assumed it was because she was getting older and it's so dark all the time now. Can anyone help?? Thanks in advance!
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  2. HiyokoInNippon

    HiyokoInNippon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you feel her belly? Does it feel strange? How about her crop? I don't know the answer but I know that is what the next person will ask. Also, have you wormed lately?
     
  3. travelingchick

    travelingchick Just Hatched

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    Her crop seems OK but her belly does seem a little swollen. I haven't wormed…maybe I should try that first?
     
  4. HiyokoInNippon

    HiyokoInNippon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give me a second to look something up, while I do that, try and find one of her poops. Fresher the better.
     
  5. chickenstar

    chickenstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, looks like she has a egg stuck from the way she's standing, I whould start buy bringing her in your house where its warm , then make her a warm bath with some epsom salts if you have any on hand and clean the matted poop off of her, try to feel inside her vent for an egg , also does she feel heavy? Or have a really squishy fluid filled belly? If she does then she is most likley suffering from internal layer or eggyolk peritonitis in which case in order to save her a vet will need to extract fluid to relive the pressure and empty out her abdomen of fluids , possible antibiotics for infection and a desorelin hormone implant to stop the laying cycle so she won't have thease problems again , whatever you do if your hen is a cherished pet take her in to a vet asap as thease conditions are quickly fatal best wishes
     
  6. travelingchick

    travelingchick Just Hatched

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    I just went out to check, and conveniently, she had just pooped and was still standing over it (since she doesn't like to move now). It was pale brown with white mixed in. Definitely not normal.
     
  7. travelingchick

    travelingchick Just Hatched

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    Oh no!! [​IMG] Thank you for your help. I will bring her in and start the warm bath. I do have Epsom salts.
     
  8. HiyokoInNippon

    HiyokoInNippon Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. chickenstar

    chickenstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay good start buy trying to treat for eggbinding and keep me posted.
     
  10. travelingchick

    travelingchick Just Hatched

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    It came out more fully formed, but this is after I poked it with a stick a bit to see if I could find worms.

    Thank you all for your help.
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