Chicken walking like a penguin, after being attacked.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickOegg, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. ChickOegg

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    Some days ago my chicken was attacked by a cat, at first she only seemed to be injured, walking slowly and her poop was coming out really liquid. The next day when we checked her she was walking like a penguin, and needed to be taken out of her pot in order to poo. She is now improving from her wounds, but the poop remains the same and she is still walking like a penguin. We don't know if its just the external wounds or if there is something more. What can it be and what can i do to help her get better?

    Chicken info:
    6 years old.
    Weights about 1kg.
    Before that she had already stopped laying eggs.
     
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  2. ChickOegg

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    I went to check on her and noticed a huge bump between her legs, that only appeared after the attack, what can it be?
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  4. ChickOegg

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    Right now i am not able to post any photos. But i have gone to check her and:
    - She seems to be able to poop better now, but it is coming green and white
    - The lump only appeared after she was attacked, and she wasn't laying eggs for moths now, the lump feels like its filled with liquid or some sort of fluid.
    - Some feathers from her back, near her kidney area, and made an oval shaped wound about 2.5cm wide.

    This is a photo i was able to find similar to her.
    Her poop is similar to this but is a little bit more solid but still a bit liquid.
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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you take her to a vet?
     
  6. ChickOegg

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    I would like to but the problem is finding one that treats chickens.
     
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  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If her abdomen feels fluid filled, she most likely has some type of internal laying/reproductive disorder. The attack was stressful, so it could have exacerbated an already developing problem.

    The green poop can indicate infection, not enough nutrition (not absorbing nutrients) and occasionally worms. Offer poultry vitamins and her normal feed with some chopped egg or tuna. See that she is drinking well.

    Some people have limited success in draining the fluid from the abdomen. This can give some relief and reduce stress for a while.
     
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    These are some photos of her.
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    This is her lump, and when you press it it feels like a water balloon.
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    This is what her poop looks like.
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    Her wounds are covered by her feathers.
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

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    Give her a soaking in warm epsom salts to see if will help soothe her. Her stance reminds me of a hen that has an internal laying/reproductive disorder like Peritonitis, Ascites, Salpingitis, cancer or tumors. Sometimes one will look like that is they are egg bound as well - but generally they would have stop pooping and would have passed on by now if there was an egg "stuck".

    Since her abdomen feels like it is filled with fluid, then she may benefit from being drained. You do risk infection from where the needle is inserted, but this may give her some relief. Y can take 18gauge needle and puncture the skin to drain the fluid. I encourage you to so some reading/research before attempting to drain her. There are also various videos on youtube as well.

    Do the best you can to keep her hydrated and encourage her to eat her normal feed. You can also give her some chick starter if she will eat it.

    Keep us posted.

    PHOTOS OF HOW TO DRAIN FOR ASCITES____POST#135
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/68731/laying-hens-with-water-belly-or-ascites/130


    Peritonitis and internal egg laying issues:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx
    http://www.theveterinaryexpert.com/backyard-poultry/egg-yolk-peritonitis/
     
  10. Yemimah

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    I would like to offer this thought also. When an animal is wounded in any predator encounter these wounds can turn very septic and life threatening. I have seen many animals die from the bacteria from the wound . They would have survived if their wounds had been properly cleaned and treated. I am not saying you didn't but the epsom salt soak may help. And if you find a festering one you can use black salve but you have to bandage it somehow.
     

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