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Help! EE walks like penguin, sits like an owl!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stynch, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Stynch

    Stynch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister has a 2-1/2 yr old EE who has been going downhill the past few days. She waddles like a penguin, and when she sits, she looks more like an owl than a chicken. Walking is unstable, falls a lot (fell down the whole ramp today). She eats and drinks but stopped laying. She doesn't appear to be egg-bound - can't feel any egg buildup. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Most likely egg bound even if you can't feel an egg... Can you watch her for a bit and see if she pants and strains at all?

    Another possibility is a break in the pelvic area, last time I saw a hen walking like that she did live for a few months but then died.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would put on a rubber glove, and insert a finger into the vent 1-2 inches to examine for a stuck egg. It's also possible that she is suffering from internal laying, or egg yolk peritonitis. Waddling like a penguin is common, sitting a lot after walking a short distance. They usually are not laying, and may pass droppings that are loose or sometimes contain a cooked egg material. Here is some information to read about it: http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis
     
  4. Stynch

    Stynch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestions. She died yesterday, so at least she is no longer suffering.
     
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    Sorry for your loss.
     

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