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Hen possibly poisoned??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by asismommy, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. asismommy

    asismommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. We have 6 hens that free range. I saw them several times today and everyone looked normal. Around dusk, one wasn't with the others so I walked around looking for her. I found her in a spot next to their coop I normally don't see them frequent. She looked fine and was walking towards the entrance of the coop. After feeding the horses I went back to check on them and saw she was the only one that had gone in for the night so far and was on a perch they normally don't use. I then realized that both of her eyes were closed. I asked around and found out that someone had sprayed wasp killer on the eaves of the barn last night. It then occurred to me I had seen the girls digging around in that area about an hour before. It had been almost 24 hours since the spray and rained a lot today. Since she is not showing any other signs of respiratory distress I'm concerned she may have ingested a poisoned wasp. Does anyone have any suggestions? I will take her to the vet in the morning but would like to do anything I can to make sure she survives the night. Thanks and sorry for the novel!
     
  2. SuperChickRuth

    SuperChickRuth Out Of The Brooder

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    Feel her crop! See if it's an issue with her crop.

    (I mean, like sour crop or something. Our hen went lethargic because she had a bad case of sour crop. I'm sorry, I'm not an expert, but I was just throwing that out.)

    I suggest making sure she has fresh water tonight, and if she really goes down hill, call a vet.

    Also, is she like... out of it, really lethargic, or just acting abnormal? What color is her comb?

    Again, I'm not an expert, but I'll do a little research, and will be praying for her!

    Could you post a picture of her?

    -SuperChickRuth
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2016
  3. asismommy

    asismommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I know it is large when they go to bed. What should I feel for?
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
  4. It should feel kinda like a bean bag, soft and a little squishy.
     
  5. SuperChickRuth

    SuperChickRuth Out Of The Brooder

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    What you should feel for is something abnormal. It could be that the crop is harder, or bigger than normal when she hasn't been eating much. I found out that the most noticeable sign of a sour crop issue was when you feel the crop, and liquid comes out the hen's mouth.

    But if she was eating fine, it probably isn't a crop issue.

    I'm sorry, I'm really not sure now... Keep us updated on her!
     
  6. asismommy

    asismommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the replies. She spent the day at the Avian vet yesterday and they couldn't find anything wrong with her. She said she could have a hormone thing going on causing her to be "super broody". This morning we had to bribe her to come off the perch. She is still outside but not doing much. She'll get low to the ground aND a bit puffy with her eyes closed then startle and move to a new area. She doesn't seem to be eating. Could she be broody but not sitting?? [​IMG]
     
  7. SuperChickRuth

    SuperChickRuth Out Of The Brooder

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    Humm... [​IMG] I'm not sure... Broody but not sitting?

    Our hens have been really good about not going broody, so I can't really give any advice on that...

    Anyone?

    ~SuperChickRuth
     

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