Hard to describe problem!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by UrbanFarm54, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. UrbanFarm54

    UrbanFarm54 New Egg

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    We have been backyard chicken owners for 4 years and it's been such a wonderful experience. We are also lucky that we have never had any health problems with our girls.

    A week ago, however, my husband went to check on the ladies when the temperature had plummeted into the single digits and found one of our Delaware hens with what looked like a gooey egg frozen and sticking out of her butt. It was gross looking but she seemed fine otherwise. My husband gently pulled it off and she went on her merry way as though nothing had happened. However, her butt looks terrible. She is missing feathers and the skin looks raw, like her butt had been attacked. A few days later, same thing.

    She is still eating and looks totally normal until you see her from the back.

    Other info: We are in NJ where it has been shockingly cold. We have a standard shoplight with a heat bulb in the coop. The ladies are all laying fewer eggs than the summer, which is normal. I supplement their feed with lots of fresh produce and the occasional bakery item.

    What should I do for my girl?

    Thanks!
     
  2. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    last year one of my ladies laid a few eggs outside the shells I brought her in to make sure what was happening it looked very gross the egg shell that is it resembled a used condom.

    on 4/10/14 i started this thread ...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...uring-range-time-please-help-includes-pics/10

    I got a few replies and I watched her closely She is doing Great today and is back to being queen of the coop! Even beat up a couple of stray cats.

    as for rear feathers missing look for mites or it may be she is pulling them herself is her backside is irritated.

    Good luck
     
  3. pfields

    pfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you send a picture?
     
  4. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a copy of my original post.
    Hope it helps!


    Please help with my Girl!
    When I let the ladies out today to play Brady was *off*
    Her head pulled in falling asleep standing up and not even looking for anything to eat.
    She was drinking water from a pan in the yard and looked like she had diarrhea I ran to go look it was an egg
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    there was no Yolk in it just the membrane.
    I put her in sick bay tonite and not 30 minutes after being in there she passed another one.
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    This one had a yolk but the shell still just went splat the eggs were only 3 - 3.5 hrs apart.
    Yesterday she was fine!
    I have 7 hens collected 7 great eggs.
    today ?
    I am dumbfounded!
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    I brought her in tonight off her roost but she was not on the Kings roost tonight she was with the peasants. I dont have a clue what could be going on!
    she didnt eat hardly any thing today! I felt her crop throughout the day and mostly emptish!

    Can I help her?
    Is this contagious?
    Does anyone know what might be wrong?
     
  5. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As for the feather loss,
    This is a pic of my banny rooster it turned out he had mites.
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  6. UrbanFarm54

    UrbanFarm54 New Egg

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    Here is a picture. I tried to catch her to get a better short but she was not having it. You can sort of see the goo (does sort of look like a used condom) hanging off her. [​IMG]
     
  7. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would clean her up really well so you will be able to see any more changes, separate her if you can let her have some peace and quiet and watch her close.
    Make sure she is eating and drinking weakness gets picked on and that could compound her symptoms

    If you cant get her now wait until dusk and she should be easy pickins off her roost.

    I have a dog crate that I used to quarantine mine since I brought her in the house and gave her a bath with a nice blowdry when she was done then crated her since i have indoor cats.

    The best advice I got was Watch and wait if you think she is suffering may have to dispatch her.
     
  8. UrbanFarm54

    UrbanFarm54 New Egg

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    Thank you all for your thoughtful advice. I am going to bring her in and clean her up and give her some TLC for a few days. I am hopeful she will recover.
     
  9. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will say a quick prayer for her and you
    I think you will be glad you did.
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  10. tjo804

    tjo804 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is you Lady doing today?
     

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