Hen cant walk well and its realy hot here.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by yardbird tx, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    JUst got home from work and found this hen like this. Its 100 degress here today but the other birds seem fine. Her legs arnt working well and she just wants to lie down. And she is clucking softly. Could this be egg bound????[​IMG]
  2. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I used mineral oil and felt in her vent. I fell a egg but it feels like it has a membrane around it????
  3. Turtle

    Turtle Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    I dont know what could be wrong but I will bump your thread up so everyone sees it. I hope you get help soon. There are a lot of great people who now a lot and will help soon.
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Do you know when she last laid an egg? As an emergency measure in case eggbound, folks sometimes give a crushed up Tums - mix witha bit of water and gently and slowly dribble along her beak line with a dropper so she swallows the liquified Tums slowly without choking. People also give warm baths when a bird is eggbound but of course we don't know if that's the problem.

    Have you been able to check her closely for injury?

    It looks like you have her inside where it's not so hot? (she doesn't need the stress of the heat right now - she should be at a comfortable temp).

    Keep telling us everything you can think of that will help determine the problem and so that more people see your post.

    Age of bird
    How long you've had her
    When the last time was that you knew for sure that she was by all accounts well
    What is her poop like?
    Do you know if she had been eating and drinking well?
    Etc etc

    That poor sweetie - I hope she will get well.
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    have you seen where she has been laying eggs
    she doesn't lie on the floor like it is egg bound

    are you sure she didn't free range and get some spoiled feed and or spoiled water
    and this is making her legs like they don't work
    the botulism is always to make the chicken like they are paralized

    here is the
    water with epsom salts that you could feed her so she could get over the botulism
    1 qt water with 3 tbsp of epsom salts
    for two days

    maybe try and see if she will eat the wet mash probiotic and then see if she will drink the water

    it may be she is egg bound do this

    if she is egg bound it will be hot about 3 inches from the vent and hard to touch

    now here is what to do

    take a eye dropper and some kind of oil
    olive oil or cooking oil
    and fill syringe and put the oil into the vent on both sides

    do about 4 eye droppers full

    then take your hand and bring it hard down from the breast area about 4 inches above the vent

    this is to push the egg if it is there down into the vent

    if you do see a egg then take and make a couple large holes in the egg shell
    now take a needless syringe and suck out the egg white and yolk then take a large twizzers and gently PULL ALL THE EGG SHELL OUT
    the egg shell has to be pulled ALL OUT as it will hurt the hens insides
    if you thinki the oil is gone then put some in the vent each side before pulling the egg shell out

    but there should be enough oil in there

    now after taking all the egg shell out take and refill the vent with 4 eye droppers of oil

    then give her this
    wet mash probiotic with vit's

    3 tbsp of dry cruble feed
    4 tbsp of milk
    1 tbsp of yoguart
    then crush up a 1000 mg of Vit E and cut end off the capsule and squeeze it into the wet mash
    1 vit B complex crushed into the wet mash
    1 selenium tablet crushed into the wet mash
    mix all good and add
    1 tbsp of applesauce to help her be interested in eating this

    My feeling is she has a serious case of E.coli and she needs the wet mash probiotic twice a day for two weeks and it will help her gut flora and nervous system

    any questions email me
  6. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Since we came inside out of the heat. She is not panting anymore. And she is now standing. She seems much Less stressed.

    She is a pullet. And she was fine when I left this morning for work. I wonder if the other birds ran her around and got her over heated. She has a bare patch on her back that the other hens are attracted to.

    Im strting to think that she got over heated.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2009
  7. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Well things look much better. After a hour and a half in the A/C she is doing much better. She even went out with everyone else to free range. Looks like it was the heat.

    Thanks for all the help.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Glad to hear she's better. I spent most of my life in Austin, and I can attest to the fact that the heat and humidity are beastly.

    I used to buy a bag or two of ice, put it/them in a washtub and set up a box fan to blow across the ice toward the chickens. It really helps keep them cool.
  9. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    it's important to keep an eye out for heat prostration..move to cool place..
    and have some electrolytes on hand.(very important)
    Durvett makes a decent product..
    or in a pinch..give diluted Pedialyte.,,drops on beak.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Glad it seems to have 'just' been the heat. She is quite vulnerable to it. Fans, cool water, shade, electroltyes,....she will need special watching.

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