Fairly new chicken mama with a sick chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MomofCFER, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. MomofCFER

    MomofCFER New Egg

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    Elsa my New Hampshire Red has been acting strange for the last 2 days. She has been shaking her head a lot and puffing up all of her feathers and tucking her head in. So I started reading a lot of forums about what could be wrong. It seemed like she had impacted crop so I gave her olive oil, water with apple cider vinegar, massaged her crop and isolated her. My other hen Rapunzel (my daughters picked these names...lol) was also pecking Elsa in the head. I checked Elsa's crop today and it feels flat and soft now. So from what I have read this should mean that everything has passed along and since her crop is not bulging and squishy she should not have sour crop. However, she is still puffing up her feathers. She is eating, drinking and moving around like normal so I am not sure what is wrong. Would someone be able to shed some light on this situation?
     
  2. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmm do they have any mites or lice? Could cause the head shaking maybe... sounds like you are doing a great job though
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  4. MomofCFER

    MomofCFER New Egg

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    @Hillaire

    Thank you for the suggestion. I have checked Elsa and she seems clear of any lice or mites.
     
  5. MomofCFER

    MomofCFER New Egg

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    @redsoxs

    Thank you for the page recommendation and the warm welcome!
     
  6. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, one of my hens is kinda having the same symptoms, so I'm pretty confused to lol
     
  7. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Is she sneezing or wheezing or anything like that?
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I hope Elsa will be ok, there are some really knowledgeable members over on the ER forum.

    Best of luck!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hope the ER folks can help her.
     
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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under MomofCFER [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope your girl is OK and makes a full recovery.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
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