Help.... sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sadieH5836, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

    76
    0
    39
    Dec 27, 2007
    Egg Harbor
    I have a RIR hen that is atleast 1 year old
    she is eating and drinking
    and does not seem lethargic
    the problem is that she is holding her tail
    in a downward possition. she walks around
    like this. I know there is something wrong
    but what? Is she eggbound?
    Please help!
     
  2. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    When was the last time she layed?

    It may be eggbound, especially if she hasn't layed in a while. I'm not an expert, but inspecting her vent and gently feeling her abdomen to determine if there is an egg in there is probably the best place to start.

    How is her manure? Runny? Green? When my hen was eggbound it was very runny.
     
  3. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

    76
    0
    39
    Dec 27, 2007
    Egg Harbor
    I have not seen what her poo looks like
    and not sure when she last layed.
    I will go see what her vent looks like and feel her tummy
     
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    My hen is acting weird too. The only thing different is that I didn't notice the tail pointing down. She is drinking and walking a little funny but not eating much. I'm going to be following this post as well. I'm a newbie at this and I hope we both succeed in curing the problem with positive results. [​IMG]
     
  5. gordy123

    gordy123 Out Of The Brooder

    69
    0
    39
    Jan 28, 2009
    falls village, ct
    to Henryschickens, your hen may have frostbite, depending on where you are! Good luck!
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:I wish it were that easy, but no it is not frostbite. It was near 70 yesterday and her wattles and combs are still a nice red color. We are going to check for sour crop and eggbound. I'm looking at other threads to educate myself with. She just followed the rest of the group up into the woods (but she is slow and the last one). I'm worried as well as my DD
     
  7. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
  8. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:Thank you. I'm going to print some of this information and put it in my chicken folder. Then it will be on hand as needed. I didn't realize there is another thread started by the same OP, Sorry. Getting help there too though.
     
  9. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

    76
    0
    39
    Dec 27, 2007
    Egg Harbor
    Well Roxy's poo is light green
    and her vent looks normal
    and I did not feel anything in her tummy like an egg or mass
    but her crop did not feel real full.
    She did eat her treats and some scratch
    and she did not want to be picked up.

    I did notice that her tail was starting to perk up a bit
    but she still walks a bit funny.
     
  10. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Mine has not pooped yet. She did eat some scrambled egg and is still drinking. Vent still looks normal. Her tail has been up for the most part. I can't feel much in her crop. I wonder what else it could be. She is roosting (sleeping) right now. I hope she is better in the morning. [​IMG] to you too, sadie.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by