Egg bound Chicken

Manahil Asad

In the Brooder
Oct 16, 2020
9
13
24
Virginia
Hello there! I’m a new chicken owner so I’m tryna get a hold of everything.
So my 24 week old silkie chicken, Pip, has been acting really lethargic, not eating and walking weirdly. She has never laid a egg so far. Is she egg bounded? How do I treat her? I heard about putting her in a warm bath with eposom salt but is there anything else I can do, I feel so helpless. She is a dear pet of mine and if necessary and crucial, I will take her to the vet if y’all think I should. Thank you!
 

Manahil Asad

In the Brooder
Oct 16, 2020
9
13
24
Virginia
Is she pooping? Describe the poop. And the word "weird' isn't descriptive. Better, post a pic of the poop.

Is there a watery discharge from her vent? Have you checked her crop? She may have a yeasty crop or impacted crop.
Thank you for answering. She has pooped once in the day so far (hopefully she poops more throughout the day). I have attached pics of her poop, vent and herself .How do I know that a chicken has a problem with her crop? Do you think she has a problem from the pic I sent. Thank you!
 

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azygous

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Her vent appears clean and not dribbling fluids. That means it's very unlikely there's a stuck egg.

The poop does appear abnormal, mucous present. That could mean an infection.

You need to check her crop. Feel her chest just below her neck toward the right side. (Her right not yours) Feel for over-fullness. It may be squishy and soft and full or hard and lumpy and full. If she hasn't eaten today, the crop should be flat and empty. If it's full, she likely has a crop condition. Read this. https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/

Does she have access to grit? (Grit is from stones, not from oyster shell) No access to grit can cause crop sickness.
 

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