Confused about mild lethargy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by usjohnsons, May 26, 2016.

  1. usjohnsons

    usjohnsons New Egg

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    This is my first post- go easy. Last Friday I noticed my hen was sitting among the shade/rocky area and not out foraging in the garden, a special treat. Saturday I separated her to observe, she drank and ate yogurt and meal worms. A cease in egg production, I gave her a warm bath. She was very calm and cooperative as she is a sweet bird. That night after a blow dry I allowed her back thinking she was likely just a sweet broody as I had also seen her on the nest.
    I continued to watch her, and she will get up to eat for a few minutes a day, she follow her two closest sibs around but then just lay down. Today she ate watermelon happily, but didn't join in the foraging. I notice her comb is lighter and today hubby concurred with my "chicken crazies" that she looks lethargic.
    She's eating, a little, drinking normal. Just sitting a lot, tail down sometimes feather ruffled. I did notice a poop with yellow (consistency of baby food in the yellow part) but no labor breathing, eye goobs mites, etc. Tonight I have her in "med surge" in the garage with yogurt, pedialite, watermelon and bread. Along with her regular feed. She had her mouth open but I think she was hot, thus opened a garage window.
    She's my sweet lavendar wyandotte and I'm obviously very upset. I did start her on oxytetracycline at the advice of the feed store. One dose by syringe tonight.
    I'm perplexed, any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    A few questions...
    Can you post a photo of the poo and of her?
    Any swelling of the abdomen, hard, soft, swollen?
    How does her crop feel, is it emptying?
    Has she been wormed?
    You are doing what most of us would recommend doing, separating her, giving electrolytes, making sure she is eating/drinking and observing her.

    Poop chart:
    http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
     
  3. usjohnsons

    usjohnsons New Egg

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    Thank you Wyorp Rock, crop feels squishy, after bath I oiled vent, just in case, I think if it were yolk she'd be more sick and have passed by now. She has lost a lot of weight. Will try to take pic of poo today
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Does her breath smell sour?
    You may want to take a look at the following articles, she may have sour crop which can be treated by several different methods.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/06/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments
    http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/02/sour-crop.html
     
  5. usjohnsons

    usjohnsons New Egg

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    Thank you, I went home at lunch and she had passed. I am crushed. Wondering what I missed. Thank you
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss.
    Sometimes it's very hard to determine the cause of passing.
     

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