Help! What's wrong with this Phoenix hen? Standing strangly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suenotto, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. suenotto

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    As you can see, she is standing strangely. She's nearly a year old and is laying. I did notice 2 very oblong and narrow eggs just a few days ago that may or may not be hers. She feels thinner than the other Phoenix hens I have, but when I pick her up and feel for lumps, I don't really feel anything distinct. Otherwise she's eating and behaving fairly normally, perhaps a bit more subdued and moving a little slower than normal. From the front you can see there is a little bit of protrusion the soft white feathers near feet. We brought her inside last night for the warmth/rest, but she was the same this morning. I did notice that there didn't seem to be much poo in the crate she stayed in last night.

    your thoughts?
     
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  2. Chickenfan4life

    Chickenfan4life Overrun With Chickens

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    I wish I could help you with this, but I don't know because I've never encountered this before. I hope someone can help, though!
     
  3. SilkiesForEver

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    She is egg bound.
    Here is a good video of how to treat an egg bound hen. You need to start treatments FAST otherwise your hen will die in about 24 hours.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-a-Chicken-from-Egg-Bound

    Please keep us updated on your hen!
     
  4. suenotto

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    Ok, well, we've given her hot soaks, held her over boiling water, stuck my finger in her vent and felt around. She still has not passed the egg. Yesterday I couldnt even feel an egg in there, now I can but my finger touches tissue not egg shell. It feels like an egg inside a casing for lack of a better way to describe it. I can't just pull it out. Any other suggestions?!
     
  5. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    How is she doing as far as temperament? Is she lethargic? Does she seem agitated? When did she start acting like that?
     
  6. suenotto

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    We put her out with the others today. She's been like this now at least a day an a half maybe 2 days. We had her in all day and night yesterday giving treatments periodically throughout the day. This morning I put her outsize hopeing she might pass it on her own. We bought her in and soaked her again late this afternoon and also did the steam treatment, this is when I could feel the egg but not the shell, just the egg shape.

    Temperment? Shes very sweet and tolerant of everything, but yes lethargic, she was hanging behind the wood pile some today and then didn't go in with the other hens, but then a little later was trying to get in (my husband didnt realize she didnt go in and closed up the pen).
     
  7. suenotto

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    At this point I don't know what else we can or should do for her [​IMG]
     
  8. SilkiesForEver

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  9. suenotto

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    I brought her in again last night and checked her vent again. this time I did not feel an egg inside but she is still standing like before.
     
  10. PetRock

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    I have an almost 9 month old pullet who has been like this for over 5 weeks. She had just begun laying when she started walking like a penguin. I took her in the house for several days. I suspected that she was egg bound so I gave her warm baths, massaged her abdomen, and gave her extra calcium. She was eating and drinking plus laid an egg in the dog kennel almost every day. So, I finally put her back out with the flock. It is almost 5 weeks since she went back outside and she is still walking like a penguin but eating, drinking, and not losing weight. She lays HUGE (87 g) double yolked eggs every 3 days or so. Other than posture and giant eggs, she is acting normal. I don't know if she has a problem with her egg laying equipment or if there is something else going on. I wish that I had an answer for your girl and mine. [​IMG]
     
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