First time dealing with an illness

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DaisysHens, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. DaisysHens

    DaisysHens New Egg

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    Hello, my red star hen who is 3 years old is starting to be a bit strange. She used to be closer to 5 pounds, but is now lighter, more like 4 or 3.5lbs. She is more calm than usual, however, she is still able to run, eat and drink all normally. I've been noticing her cluck has changed, it's more sad sounding. For the past two days, she's having trouble keeping her balance when stepping up or stepping down from somewhere and puts a wing down to support herself, and she also keeps squatting, with her tail not up. Last week, she laid two miniature (smaller than my bantam's) eggs and then stopped completely. She is the only out of my 6 hens to be exhibiting any symptoms. There is no sign of trauma and I have no idea how this has happened. I have not seen her poop in the last two days, although I will admit I have been busy and not checking too much, however, her whole backside is covered with crunchy, dry stool. I have not treated her in anyway, and cant find any diseases which match hers. I doubt that I will be able to bring her to the vet or supply expensive prescriptions. I use pine bedding and they are free range.

    Thank you, Daisy
     
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  2. coppertop2014

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  3. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi there, I really don't have any idea what's going on with your hen. However, make sure you clean off her bum and feathers of the poop. In this humid weather it doesn't take much for flies to start laying eggs. If you can sit her in a tub of warm water and soak the poop off, the warmth of the water may help whatever is ailing her. It doesn't sound like she's egg-bound, but just in case rub some olive oil around her vent to stimulate and ease passage of a possible egg. If she tolerates the bath, you might try it on a daily basis to see if it helps, good luck [​IMG]
     
  4. coppertop2014

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  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    She has lost a LOT of weight. Using her wing for balance may mean she is getting weak. Have you wormed her recently? Check her for lice and mites. You do not see any wounds on her do you? You need to put her in some type of a pen so you can tell us what her poops look like.
     
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    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. jgoldy2

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    Welcome to BYC, Is molt a factor? that is all that I can think of
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Have you wormed your chickens lately. A large load of worms can kill a chicken if she is not wormed.
     

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