Dark red comb and cheeks

Trisseh

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Pics certainly may help, of the bird and of her droppings.
If her comb is very dark or bluish/purplish, I would be less concerned with crop stasis or other crop issues, and more concerned about her heart - although she could certainly be having concurrent issues happening. She also may have liver involvement, since she is passing yellow feces, or it may be egg material if she’s been laying internally.

Basically if her comb and wattles are cyanotic, it means she’s having trouble either getting oxygen into her blood, or having trouble circulating her blood around her body. Ascites (water belly) can be a sign of a heart issue or reproductive issue which can put pressure on other organs; exercise intolerance, syncope (fainting), and gasping can all be linked to it as well. sometimes though, they have no other sign except the cyanosis. I had a sebright cockerel that had a cyanotic comb, he had episodes where he almost passed out, and eventually when I culled him and we took a look inside, he had an enlarged heart with fluid in the pericardial space. Congestive heart failure for no apparent reason. 🤷🏼‍♀️

The liquid from her beak may be from a crop issue or may be free fluid in her body that she’s bringing up.

supportive care is about the only thing you can do at home if her issues are from her heart or liver. Treating for a crop issue if you determine there is one won’t hurt and may help, although always be aware with a cyanotic animal, they can die if stressed too much with handling (if they’re resistant).

I would call her prognosis guarded. Keep her warm, try to keep her hydrated, deal with the crop if there is a problem (let us know what her crop feels like, if it’s emptying overnight, etc as @Eggcessive mentioned in the first post) and see how she does.

Birds are experts at hiding symptoms when they’re not feeling well, so all we can do is try to help when they do show signs of a problem.:hugs
 

chickieandchookie

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My poor girl, I don't think she will last today. I have put her in a box of straw in the sunlight so if she passes it will be in the warm sunlight. She wont eat, she wont drink, she vomits a yellow fluid, her comb is deep red, she is all fluffed up, she doesn't lay or poo....I think it is pretty much hopeless. And she is only 3 😪 I wonder what I did wrong
 

chickieandchookie

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Pics certainly may help, of the bird and of her droppings.
If her comb is very dark or bluish/purplish, I would be less concerned with crop stasis or other crop issues, and more concerned about her heart - although she could certainly be having concurrent issues happening. She also may have liver involvement, since she is passing yellow feces, or it may be egg material if she’s been laying internally.

Basically if her comb and wattles are cyanotic, it means she’s having trouble either getting oxygen into her blood, or having trouble circulating her blood around her body. Ascites (water belly) can be a sign of a heart issue or reproductive issue which can put pressure on other organs; exercise intolerance, syncope (fainting), and gasping can all be linked to it as well. sometimes though, they have no other sign except the cyanosis. I had a sebright cockerel that had a cyanotic comb, he had episodes where he almost passed out, and eventually when I culled him and we took a look inside, he had an enlarged heart with fluid in the pericardial space. Congestive heart failure for no apparent reason. 🤷🏼‍♀️

The liquid from her beak may be from a crop issue or may be free fluid in her body that she’s bringing up.

supportive care is about the only thing you can do at home if her issues are from her heart or liver. Treating for a crop issue if you determine there is one won’t hurt and may help, although always be aware with a cyanotic animal, they can die if stressed too much with handling (if they’re resistant).

I would call her prognosis guarded. Keep her warm, try to keep her hydrated, deal with the crop if there is a problem (let us know what her crop feels like, if it’s emptying overnight, etc as @Eggcessive mentioned in the first post) and see how she does.

Birds are experts at hiding symptoms when they’re not feeling well, so all we can do is try to help when they do show signs of a problem.:hugs
Thanks so much, this was very helpful. Judging on what you mentioned I think she may have fluid build up in her belly as she only seems to 'vomit' when she is picked up. I think she will pass away today - she is so lethargic from not eating or drinking. I pray there is no broken egg inside her. My other girl is doing well but she will be left on her own now 😢
 

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So sorry that she is worse. At 3 years old some hens may have reproductive disorders, cancer, or ascites. Any of those can put pressure on the digestive tract causing a backup in the crop, the gizzard, and intestines. Yellow material in the dropping could be yellow urates which can be seen in ascites, heart or liver failure, cancer, and egg yolk peritonitis. Many times we cannot know what disease is affecting them until after death when we can perform a necropsy, or have the state poultry vet do one.
 

chickieandchookie

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So sorry that she is worse. At 3 years old some hens may have reproductive disorders, cancer, or ascites. Any of those can put pressure on the digestive tract causing a backup in the crop, the gizzard, and intestines. Yellow material in the dropping could be yellow urates which can be seen in ascites, heart or liver failure, cancer, and egg yolk peritonitis. Many times we cannot know what disease is affecting them until after death when we can perform a necropsy, or have the state poultry vet do one.
Thank you - I have been reading absolutely everything I can and have now got it down to two issues - her crop is very, very swollen and squishy. Sour crop I am guessing. Her belly is also a bit squishy and she is bringing up yellow fluid. Water Belly I am guessing again. Yellow matter in her fluid droppings - I sincerely hope it is not a broken egg. Red comb - oxygen/circulation. It all seems a bit hopeless for her. I cant put her to sleep myself, just cant do it. Will she be in much pain? I feel I have let her down somehow but my girls honestly have the best life and I am meticulous about cleaning their areas etc
 

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So sorry that she is worse. At 3 years old some hens may have reproductive disorders, cancer, or ascites. Any of those can put pressure on the digestive tract causing a backup in the crop, the gizzard, and intestines. Yellow material in the dropping could be yellow urates which can be seen in ascites, heart or liver failure, cancer, and egg yolk peritonitis. Many times we cannot know what disease is affecting them until after death when we can perform a necropsy, or have the state poultry vet do one.
Thank you - I have been reading absolutely everything I can and have now got it down to two issues - her crop is very, very swollen and squishy. Sour crop I am guessing. Her belly is also a bit squishy and she is bringing up yellow fluid. Water Belly I am guessing again. Yellow matter in her fluid droppings - I sincerely hope it is not a broken egg. Red comb - oxygen/circulation. It all seems a bit hopeless for her. I cant put her to sleep myself, just cant do it. Will she be in much pain? I feel I have let her down somehow but my girls honestly have the best life and I am meticulous about cleaning their areas etc
I'm sorry about your hen.
I agree with @Eggcessive it does sound like a reproductive disorder which in turn can cause some blocking of the digestive system (from swelling/inflammation) and cause crop issues.
If she's suffering, then putting her out of her misery is a kindness.

You have given her a good life and it's not about being meticulous with the cleaning. Sadly, reproductive disorders are common in laying hens. :hugs
 

chickieandchookie

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So, my girl is still here. I cant put her to sleep, I just cant do it. Her crop continues to fill and when I massage it, she expels a sticky almost mucous-y yellow fluid from her beak. I do this several times per day. I empty her crop by massaging it in upward strokes and gently straightening her neck forwards. She sounds a bit gurgly. I honestly didn't think she would last this long. I syringe drip water into her beak which she drinks. She wont eat anything, I have tried yogurt on my finger. I am also certain she is beyond a vets help. She just sits all day, not moving at all. Im hoping I can find someone tomorrow to put her to sleep. Im hoping even more that she passes tonight. My poor girl 😪
 

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So, my girl is still here. I cant put her to sleep, I just cant do it. Her crop continues to fill and when I massage it, she expels a sticky almost mucous-y yellow fluid from her beak. I do this several times per day. I empty her crop by massaging it in upward strokes and gently straightening her neck forwards. She sounds a bit gurgly. I honestly didn't think she would last this long. I syringe drip water into her beak which she drinks. She wont eat anything, I have tried yogurt on my finger. I am also certain she is beyond a vets help. She just sits all day, not moving at all. Im hoping I can find someone tomorrow to put her to sleep. Im hoping even more that she passes tonight. My poor girl 😪
May I suggest you go see my wry neck thread where a compassionate sole shared a method of euthenasia. They shared a link......
It's so much less stress to put the bird to sleep.
 

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