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Duck walkin hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chikinwhisperer, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a wheaten araucana doing the duck walk. Felt her abdomen, and did further research with VPJ and latex gloves but didn't feel anything in either channel. She acts normal except for the walk and comes running with the others when I call. Thanks in advance for any help. She just started the duck walk a few days ago.
     
  2. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry I don't know what would cause that, you checked for egg bound? all I can say is keep an eye on her. Hope she is OK
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    So her lower abdomen doesn't feel bloated or full at all?
     
  4. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    No lumps or fullness in her abdomen. Her crop is full, but she has stopped laying. I seperated her from the flock and have had no eggs in three days. Very strange.
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    usually a "duck walk" is a tell tale sign of a egg bound hen or a internal layer.I know you said you did her exam and she has no bloating, water (internal laying) or lump or egg (egg binding ) but just incase a egg is up high enough where you can't feel during exam maybe you might consider giving a human calcium pill to trigger and help with laying. How does her backside look? is anything leaking out? I ask because another thing that might be considered is if the egg broke inside her. if it just recently happened infection would not be set in just yet. Keep a very close eye on her and just incase that's what happened maybe have on hand antibotics for infection. I would think you would have felt the broken shells during her exam if that was the case..Keep a eye on her and i'd give the calcium just in case. It wont harm her if it's not a egg issue.I just can't imagine what else it could be. Perhaps someone else has a idea? Best wishes
     
  6. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    I dint feel broken shells, but just how far can a finger go, eh? II keep antibiotics, but no calcium, except oyster shell. I'll keep a close watch on her behavior, Thanks.
     
  7. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    Today I noticed her lower abdomen was bloted. I picked her up and felt the area and it was soft and mushy feeling. Ir was getting dark so I broght her in the garge and put a heating pad and towel for her to sit on. I'll have to do another procedure on her to see if anything comes out.
     
  8. chikinwhisperer

    chikinwhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    Realsis, you were right. I can feel the end of an egg in the channel. I greased it as far as I could reach with VPJ and put her back in the cage with a heating pad and towel. Hopefully she"l pas it tonight.
     

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