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Chicken on her deathbed? Please help! :-(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MuckyMeadowFarm, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. MuckyMeadowFarm

    MuckyMeadowFarm In the Brooder

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    My Australorp has been really lethargic for a week. I thought it wasn't anything major until last night it took a bad turn. She was just standing outside not moving. There was a pile of bright yellow diarrhea under her. I quarantined her and put a heat lamp on her- she didn't even move when I picked her up and bedded right down. This morning I checked on her and actually thought she was dead. Her neck is craned backward and she doesn't move when I touch her. She's blinking so I know she's alive. I attached a picture, any ideas what it could be or how to treat? Thank you.[​IMG]
     

  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

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    Start checking her for egg binding,crop issues(impact/sour)injuries,mites/lice/worms(worms are usually not noticeable in droppings).

    Has she been eating/drinking?

    Hard to tell from photo,but her crop looks very full,start with crop issues such as a impact which could explain why she has her head bent up. Crop should be full at night(after eating all day)and should be empty in morning(before eating).
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014
  3. MuckyMeadowFarm

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    I don't know about eating, I have 25 chickens so I don't keep tabs. I just checked on her and it does seem that her crop is hard and big. And I know she hasn't eaten in 24 hours. I tried massaging it. I don't know what else to do at this point but keep her comfortable. She can't even stand now... I think she's on her way out :-(
     
  4. MuckyMeadowFarm

    MuckyMeadowFarm In the Brooder

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    She just passed. Wish I had known how to save her.
     
  5. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

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    [​IMG]Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

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    My condolences,always heartbreaking when a pet dies.

    Research crop issues(impact/sour crop)egg binding issues and tube feeding,this way you will be prepared next time.
     
  7. jenniemig

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    So sorry[​IMG]
     

  8. chicken farmer8

    chicken farmer8 Chirping

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    im so sorry for your loss[​IMG]
     
  9. MuckyMeadowFarm

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    Thank you, I will do my research and keep a close eye on the rest of the flock so hopefully I will be better prepared in the future.
     
  10. MuckyMeadowFarm

    MuckyMeadowFarm In the Brooder

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    Thank you all.
     

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