HELP-Hen acting "slow"...UPDATE...please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wish I Had A Farm, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Wish I Had A Farm

    Wish I Had A Farm New Egg

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    I have a little bantham hen, who just started laying eggs about a week ago, so she's about 6 months old. I noticed this morning she was acting a little different than the rest. She stands around and walks kinda slow while all the others are pecking away. She will slowly put her head down to eat, but it's like in slow motion and she barely opens her beak, and then doesn't peck or eat anything. Poop is not bloody, just a little watery and green. They roam around in my back yard and are locked up at night. She hasn't laid an egg in a couple days. Please help, what could it be?

    UPDATE.....

    Regarding the message I just left...Mystery solved but I still need help: Ok, I remembered I saw the neighbor cat out in my back yard this morning, and so I just looked under my hen's feathers and under one of her wings was a tiny bit of blood, I'm assuming it is a cat scratch. I cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and iodine. There were a few streaks of bright green under the skin. I have a feeling that is infection. I am keeping her inside and fed her some bread soaked in electrolyte water. Any thoughts on what the "green" is? She is obviously in shock, that's why she's "slow" but is she just bound to die? Or do most recover from "cat scratch fever"??
     
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  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    I have never had an egg bound chicken, but supposively you can feel if she is. If you feel around, between her legs/lower chest area, supposively if she is egg bound you can feel it. I would do a search on emergencies here and see if you can find some information.

    Although, maybe she is not laying because she is sick and not sick because she is not laying. Either way, I hope she gets better.
     
  3. Wish I Had A Farm

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    see part 2 above...
     
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  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor girl. I would get her on oral antibiotics as soon as you can and treat her wounds with a topical antibiotic, also, like Neosporin. Wounds from cats can lead to nasty systemic infections.
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Danged cat!
    I'd try and get her some antibiotics.
    Glad that you found out what was wrong.
     

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