Help - I have NO idea what is wrong with this hen...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by christall, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. christall

    christall Out Of The Brooder

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    My daughter said that one of her hens was acting "weird" last week... When I went to check on her she seemed ok - maybe a little off but nothing that was really noticeable. Then she said that every day she went out to feed/water that this hen was sitting on the nest - She was sitting on other hens eggs and we figured out Friday that she hadn't laid in a while (8-ish days)... So yesterday I had my daughter pick her up so I could check her out (I am NOT a chicken expert so I had no idea what I was looking for - just hoping that something obvious would pop out at me). I noticed immediately that she had lost weight - and when I was feeling around on her body it felt very much like there was a hard lump close to the vent area... well, the part of the lump facing toward the vent felt like an egg and then the part that would have been "pointing" in the other direction felt ragged - like a broken egg... So we called the vet and made an appt for that afternoon.

    She had been eating and drinking when my daughter took her off the nest each day to collect the eggs - so I know she was getting some food/water - but unless she was taken off the nest it didn't seem she was doing this on her own.

    When we got to the vet they checked her over - commented on her weight being low - then tried to feel if she was egg bound. When the bird was turned over the "lump" that I thought I felt didn't seem to be there (is there another anatomical structure that might feel the way I described in the area that I felt it?). The vet then did check internally to see if there was an egg and that verified that there wasn't. They gave her some IV fluids, told us to seperate her and monitor that she's eating/drinking...

    Does this sound like something that anyone recognizes? The vet was honest in saying that she had no idea what it was - but that there wasn't an egg stuck in her - so it wasn't that! We did check her pen and didn't see anything that looked like an egg or egg parts that she may have passed between when we checked her and when we got her to the vet.

    I'd love to hear ANY ideas you might have - this is my daughter's pet and she's pretty upset about it.

    Thanks,
    Christall
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    How old is the hen?
    Does she "yell" at you when you try to take her off the nest?
     
  3. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    she sounds broody! that's why she's not laying and doesn't want to get off the nest. they will lose a little weight when broody too because the tend to only leave the nest once per day to eat and relieve themselves. she just wants to be a momma [​IMG]
     
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  4. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i agree
     
  5. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chicken seems "upset" after been taken of of her nest and/or trys to get back on it I would say that she could be broody. As for the weight, see if she will eat some eggs, yogurty, chicke starter or anything with a high protein content and see if she improves after a week or so of feeding her these little treats. She may have just needed to lay an egg? Let us know of any further symptoms.
    -Good Luck!
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  6. christall

    christall Out Of The Brooder

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    She gets SO mad when my daughter takes her off the nest...

    So this would be why the feathers on her breast area/belly seem kind of thin-ish?

    I have a bunch of hard-boiled eggs that I just made - so just mash a few of those up and let her enjoy them for a few days - in addition to her normal food/water?
    Should we move a small water/food bowls closer to where she is? Should we let this run its course or try to "break" it?

    Thank you so much for the suggestions (and the peace of mind)

    Christall
     
  7. christall

    christall Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to add - she's about 2 years old and is a mutt easter-egger... (if that matters much)
     
  8. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    I would let it runs it's course. yepp, just give her the eggs, and putting the food and water close to her will help, as she's feel like she can eat and drink more often if she doesn't have to get up too long/much.
     
  9. tinydancer87

    tinydancer87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always like to put food and water next to a broody, they seem to appreciate the "nest-service" [​IMG]

    They still get up to potty though.
     
  10. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    [​IMG] your avatar is hilarious tinydancer87! [​IMG]
     

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