Help -- Sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by owl, May 10, 2009.

  1. owl

    owl Out Of The Brooder

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    Help, one of our chickens is really sick. she is really lethargic and weak, and has clear fluid dripping out of her mouth. Any ideas what could be wrong?

    Thanks
     
  2. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does her crop feel all mushy? If it is do a search on impacted/sour crop.
     
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  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first thing you do... isolate and keep warm.
     
  4. owl

    owl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, how can I tell if her croup is mushy?
     
  5. owl

    owl Out Of The Brooder

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    I was feeling around the croup, and fluid kept coming out of her mouth, and then she started spasming, and then we lost her.

    I think she actually must have injured her neck somehow. When I was feeling her neck when we first brought her in, it seemed "lumpy" on the left side. She was holding is funny when we found her, and then it just hung.


    I suspect she had cracked it, and then when I manipulated it, it did the final damage.

    She was a wonderful pet, very friendly. We trimmed off some feathers to keep, and we will bury her tomorrow.

    Thanks for your concern.

    - Carol
     
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Sorry you lost her...
    "drooling" and loss of control in the neck can indicate botulism.
     
  7. owl

    owl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your condolences. Do you have any thoughts on where she could have gotten into something with botulism? They've been on this bag food for a while. My husband will scrub the waterer this afternoon.

    - Carol
     
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Food on the ground gone moldy...
    Waterers need to be changed a lot - I change water twice daily. Once is probably sufficient.

    So sad about your hen [​IMG] - I'm sorry....

    JJ
     

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