Help! Sick Hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hadihens, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. hadihens

    hadihens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to backyard chickens. I just got 4 Red Sexlinks a couple of months ago. They're now 7 months old. They've been giving me an egg a day each for the past month or so.
    Two days ago I noticed something that looks like small dark blood clots in some stool. In the past couple days I've found 3 stools with the same substance.
    One of my hens is defintely ill. She has been dripping (or vomiting) water from her beak, has been lethargic, and her vent is pulsing with a raised tail. She hasn't been eating much either but has been drinking water. Her comb and waddle has become a little pale too.
    Alll she does is sit down and pulse her vent with her tail raised. It's as though she's trying to give birth. I don't think there's an egg stuck in there cause she's been giving me one a day until today.
    Any ideas? Please help. It's so sad to see her so uncomfortable!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think it would be best if you post in full detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread. Hope the ER folks will be able to diagnose her and suggest treatment options.
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  3. hadihens

    hadihens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction. I've posted there now. I didn't realize there are different forums. I've just created a BYC account in a worried haste.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear you have a sick hen :hugs Have you double checked she does not have an egg stuck? Here is an article on egg binding you might like to check out ~

    Also how is her crop? Is it hard or full? Does she have anything in the crop? Here is an article on impacted crop ~

    Have you wormed them recently? Was it a lot of blood on the poop? Blood in poop can point towards coccidiosis, here is an article on that too ~

    i hope with some of these links you are able to define her symptoms down to something.

    Good luck with her :fl
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2015
  5. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    You've been given some really good advice and links from Drumstick Diva and Yorkshire coop. I hope you're able to determine what is going on with your birds. It's always worrisome when they are ill.

    Good luck to you, hope all is well soon.
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome, glad you have joined us.

    So sorry about your problem and hope the info Yorkshire coop has given or your emergency post will help you find a solution.

    Hope you can get a diagnosis and cure.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. hadihens

    hadihens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm happy to be here.
  9. hadihens

    hadihens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    Hi there,

    Thank you for the excellent information.

    I only was able to read this now as I've been outside with my sick hen all morning and she just passed away about an hour ago. I'm so sad.

    She didn't have any signs of having worms, and the blood in the stools looked like it could have been intestinal tract shedding. It wasn't much at all. Just half a dime sized blob in each stool.

    I checked her crop this morning first thing and it seemed empty. This morning her head started to droop, as though she was too tired to hold it up (heartbreaking). I feel terrible. Our veterinary clinics in town are all closed today as it's Sunday but tomorrow I will be pricing out an autopsy. It's really bothering me and I really would like to know what happened to her. Thankfully, the rest of my flock seems to be okay.
  10. hadihens

    hadihens Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    Thank you for the nice welcome. I'm so sad to say that my hen has passed away :(

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