HELP! SICK HEN, something in vent, not eating (PHOTOS)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spicedoubt, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Please help!

    One of my BR hens has been ill for the last 3 - 4 days. I first noticed her standing in a corner alone as the others would run over to her and would give her a good peck now and then. She would just stand there with her head down.

    Her age is 1.5 years and weighs 3 lbs.

    She is lethargic and isn't eating much. Her crop is small, soft and mushy like water. Initially i heard lots of gurgling coming from her and there was some diarrhea with lots of white goo, but that seems to be improving. She did have a fairly dirty bottom from poo, but is also improving after a thorough cleaning and less diarrhea. However, I saw some clear slime dripping from the vent the last two mornings and she seemed to be in discomfort during the process. I assume that was egg?

    She is drinking plenty of water, even garlic water. Now, as I was giving her a good inspection last night I notice something hard, light colored and appeared to be hollow like a flattened tube just inside her vent. I gently brushed my finger on it and she was not happy, it definitely bothered her. I took the few images below in hopes to get some feedback. Could it be eggshell?

    As of this morning I can no longer see that tube-like thing in her vent. There was a small blister-like scab on the outer lip of the top portion of the vent.

    she is still drinking, but no food was touched in 2 days. Poops are small since no food. She is in her molting process to boot so her feathers look raggedy. Also, Her skin seems to be dry, Waddles are a bit pale and her comb is a little off color. Today I noticed her really tucking in her neck in/back and proofing out her feathers.

    Right now I have her inside as I want to monitor her closely and to remove her from the danger of the other birds and extremely cold weather. I bring her outside during the day in hopes to keep her acclimated to the colder temperature up here.

    Thank you for any advice or suggestions. Here are those images...

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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    That's strange indeed. The symptoms sound like a combination of sickness and possibly internal laying. Maybe sourcrop too.

    It sounds like perhaps the "flattened hollow tube" you saw was an egg membrane, i.e. if she's laying soft-shelled eggs? But the way she's hunching her head into her shoulders and puffing up suggests she feels quite sick. It's generally a poor outlook when they do that, as it means they are stricken by whatever it is badly enough to stop trying to pretend they're ok.

    With such a mix of symptoms I'm hesitant to suggest anything as one treatment for one thing can be wrong for another thing. It's possible that she has multiple things wrong with her.

    That thing in her vent... Is it a stick or something jammed sideways?

    If you very gently palpate her abdomen, does it feel bloated or shrunken or otherwise normal?
     
  3. machuni

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    That looks like an egg shell, in which case, she may have egg peritonitis. When you palpate her abdomen, does she withdraw away from you and close her eyes like she's in pain? If it's peritonitis, you need to get her some antibiotics stat (like amoxicillin) and something for the inflammation like metacam. Just give it to her in a dropper. I'd do that asap though. Worst thing that could happen is that you don't eat her eggs for a few weeks. Best thing is you save her life.
     
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    Sorry, last post. I forgot to mention that if she does have broken fragments inside of her (which she may very well have), you can try giving her mineral oil to help get things moving and hopefully flush some of it out, and if that doesn't work, get on some gloves, and using sterile lube of some kind go in there and try to get out the pieces. That said, doing that is pretty dangerous and a last resort, so if you decide to do it, be super careful.
     
  6. Thank you for the replies. She is doing better today with more energy, but I'm noticing her comb darkening. Should I be more worried?
     
  7. casportpony

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    Nice find. I'll have to write this down.
     
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    Does it also have dosages for albendazole? I've read online that it's 20mg/kg for birds, but I wanted to confirm.
     
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