In the Brooder
- Apr 14, 2014
Noticed my hen acting a little funny last night but I figured she may be tired. (it was late when I got off work and checked the coop) She was freeranging and didnt go into the coop that night. I came home from work the next day and that is when I noticed she was back, but acting different. Went out today to check her and her wings were down, head down like it was too heavy to hold up, and her eyes are twitchy (I am guessing she is in shock) I am not sure that this is from the night she disappeared though. It seems far too progressed to be from 2 days! I picked her up and began checking her crop when I realized there was nothing in her crop (totally empty) I started checking her everywhere else. I found a lump just below her vent about golfball sized, I couldn't see it very well so I decided to soak her in a warm bath, which she took to very well. I was thinking she was eggbound, but upon looking more closely at the lump it looks more like a scabbed over and very hard wound. I pulled off one of the scabs and there is a huge crater, the edges are all very very hard. I cleaned it out, put neosporin on it, and wrapped it up. I gave her a mash of nonmedicated chick starter, mealworms, and scrambled egg. I really don't know what else to do. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this. When I say the wound is hard I mean rock hard. I used vetwrap to wrap it up. Is there anything else I can do for her? BTW she is a dominique, about 10 months old never laid an egg that I know of!