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Help! We don't know what's going on? Newbies need a clue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BarneyNCyndi, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saturday, our Rhode Island Red was isolating herself from the other chickens and laying down a lot. So we isolated her from the others until we could figure out what's going on with her. her comb is down, she was laying on the ground a lot. So, we think she is sick. She weighs about 5# will weigh later. She ate some scrambled eggs and baby bird food not much. She seems so tired. Her comb is no bright red but seems normal. She does tend to get gungy butt. So, we did the Epsom salt bath to remove the poop and to do a vent check. I didn't feel anything with the vent check. Do you go up, down? Should she be on her back.? How far do you go in? No YouTube available on that one. She has had some balding below her vent it felt hardish when I was rubbing her belly in the Epsom salt bath. No idea on when she last laid an egg. She was 2 year only on 7/13. After vent check we gave her about 3cc of mineral oil into the vent and was promptly rewarded with yellow slimy stuff. Her craw feels empty but she I'd taking water now with a syring and is getting more active. I do hear some stomach noises. I am not sure if her poop is normal or what lots of yellow buttery stuff.[​IMG]


    Not a good shot of her belly area but here is what I have.

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    We did find one of our water very slimy changed them all and added Briggs vinegar.

    Please give us some direction.
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She could have an internal/reproductive disorder like Peritonitis, Salpingitis, cancer, tumors or something similar.
    Green poo can be an indication of not absorbing enough nutrition, so encourage her to eat if you can. Hydration is important so water would be first on the list and then wet food will help as well. If she will eat wet poultry feed that's good, you can also add egg, tuna, mackerel or meat to boost protein.
    If you have a vet they can do a fecal float to rule out and internal parasites (worms).


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1115762/chicken-not-eating-yellow-poop-and-hard-abdomen


    Peritonitis and internal egg laying issues:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx


    Salpingitis/Lash Egg:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...oring-i-opened-her-to-find-this#post_17145142
     
  3. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is unfortunate but we weren't able to save our RIR. We have asked for a nectrotopsy. She was diagnosed by a vet as having a mass below her vent. Thankfully, we had a vet that was able to teach us some early diagnosis exams. Next bath day, all girls will be having a vent check to learn their story.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    If you don't mind, can you share the results of the necropsy when you get the information.
     
  5. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry she didn't make it.

    I'm subscribing to follow what you find out.
     
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  6. BarneyNCyndi

    BarneyNCyndi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We found out that she was yolk bound but they also noticed that she had some wasting. They checked her throat and found cancer along her throat and GI track. They say that it is very common with egg producers.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thank you so much for giving us an update.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2016
  8. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member

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    Yes, thank you for the information!

    Again, sorry to hear about your hen. [​IMG]
    It's good knowing there isn't anything contagious.
     

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