HELP- sick chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by authorlindsayc, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. authorlindsayc

    authorlindsayc Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there! I am new to this backyard chicken thing. My white leghorn hen has been an awesome bird for us so far. We've only had her 2 weeks, but she's laying almost every single day. Last night she was fine...and then this morning, after a cold night, she was just laying in their "free-range" pen, not moving much. Her comb is droopy and she is all puffed up. We checked the coop for eggs, and there was a smashed egg that was hers (she's the only one that lays white eggs). The eggshell looked weird, like maybe it wasn't a whole egg...and the yolk was in a puddle beside it.

    My husband and I brought her into the garage and set her up in there, because we heard it's good to move them away from the flock if they're sick.

    Anyone know what the heck is going on with her?

    She's asleep in the garage right now, perched on a box..but she won't "unpuff" her feathers, and her comb is so droopy. Doesn't look good.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Could you post a picture?
     
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    authorlindsayc Out Of The Brooder

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    authorlindsayc Out Of The Brooder

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    She just pooped, and it was very watery. Half yellow, half dark brown.
     
  6. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is she eating/drinking?
     
  7. authorlindsayc

    authorlindsayc Out Of The Brooder

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    she had one sip of water, but that's it. just standing there with her eyes closed :/
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    She may be egg bound. You need to give her a warm bath and massage her behind area. Apply either vaseline or an ointment to her vent area and give her herbs such as lavender, mint, thyme and yarrow. (These will calm and relax her.) Here is a link on further info about egg binding
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-binding-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention

    You NEED to get her to drink. Use a syringe or eye dropper if you have to. Make sure that the water goes straight down her throat. It would be best if you had two people when doing this because if the water goes down the wrong way, it could hurt her more.

    Best of luck!
     
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  9. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I have had some hens like this in the past. I gave them yogurt, garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, a pinch of cayenne, and a little cat food (protein source) that I ran through the blender. I dipped their beak in it to get her to eat some of it, and then I isolated her. She was fine after a few days. This has always worked for me when I have had the odd chicken not feeling well. Now if your hen has some kind of egg related problem, then this will most likely not help any. I have not had many chickens with those type of problems, so I will not be able to help you there. Good luck! I hope she gets better soon.
     
  10. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Definitely check out that link. Can you feel anything in her abdomen? Does she seem to be straining?
     
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