Chicken throwing up clear mucusy liquid

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by naturelooover, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. naturelooover

    naturelooover New Egg

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    My three year old hen was just re-introduced back to the flock about a week ago after being away for 7 days healing. She was lethargic, her tail was dropped, was dehydrated, wouldn't drink or eat, had diarrhea, wouldn't make any noise, and her comb was dry. She was also acting as if she were trying to get something out of her throat, raising her beak and opening her mouth (gagging motion) and sometimes (i noticed after she ate or drank more than she was used to at the time) she would throw up a clear mucusy fluid. We gave her antibiotics and brought her inside away from the rest of the flock. She was doing remarkably better and acting her normal self, but her comb was still pretty dry. She finished her antibiotics so we put her with the rest of the chickens, and she was so happy (the cutest thing ever!) First thing she did was give herself a long dirt bath :) Anyway, she was doing better until about two days ago she started losing interest in her favorite snacks and her comb looks awful- it's darker than usual, very dry, and it looks very weak and droopy. I just went to check on her and after she drank some water and ate a couple bites of her food, she threw up a clear mucus liquid again. She's been eating and drinking just fine, but now she won't come out of the hen house. She doesn't want to be around the other chickens or walk around at all. Please help! I don't know what to treat her for, my brain is smushed :(
     
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds like what you were doing was working so you should go back to that for now. It sounds like a respiratory disease. Try to keep her warm and get her some electrolytes. Since she does have discharge there's a high chance it could spread to the rest of your flock. You need to separate your sick hen ASAP and clean and and sanitize the coop, waters, and feeders as best as you can.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2017
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I saw your other thread, and wondered if she had internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis. How is her crop working? Is it empty, full, hard, or is it puffy and balloon-like and squishy? Are you feeding her any probiotics or plain yogurt to get her bacterial flora back to normal? Crop problems such as sour crop can occur or she could have a slow functioning crop due to her illness. Did your vet actually examine her when her intestinal infection was diagnosed? Did you use Corid or some other drug? I would bring her back in, and make sure her crop is functioning normally, since vomiting may be related to that. Give her fluids and electrolytes by dipping her beak and letting her swallow or sipping it from a spoon. If the crop seems to be emptying overnight, then offer her some chopped egg,yogurt, and watery chicken feed in a bowl.If she eats and drinks, you could always bring her back into the coop in a dog crate so that she would feel more happy with the other chickens. Here is some info on crop problems and on egg yolk peritonitis:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.theveterinaryexpert.com/backyard-poultry/egg-yolk-peritonitis/
     
  4. naturelooover

    naturelooover New Egg

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    Dazey has passed away. She had peritonitis and lymphoma, she ended up losing almost all of her body weight because her food wasn't processing. I'm so sorry she had such a long period of sickness prior to her passing. Forever thankful for each of you sharing your knowledge and trying to help.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    So sorry. It's good that she is not suffering.
     

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