1. chickenlove2009

    chickenlove2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Woodlawn, Tn
    i have a hen who is about one and half years old
    she has been acting strange for a week now
    she is not able to support herself on her right leg
    she has bloody and runny poo( was for the first three days now its more solid and less bloody)
    she has not layed any eggs for the past week (i have also tried warm baths incase she is eggbound, nothings happened and i don't feel and egg)
    and in her fluff area seems to be bloated
    she also eats or drinks nothing unless i put it in her mouth

    and that is all that seems wrong with her, but i don't know what is wrong. Help. Anyone
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009
  2. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    are you able to take a dropping sample to a vet for a fecal float test..(worm and protozoa test)
    not expensive, and quick and will help you figure out what might be the problem, and how to treat.

    the droppings sound like she could have cocci..
    but sometimes worms can also cause blood.

    if she has either of these..it could be depleting her nutrition and causing a rickets condition, which would weaken her legs and effect her egg production.

    what all do you feed?

    check the bottom of her foot for any sore, scab, swelling, or heat..
    also check for missing or missing toenail.
    also check her leg joints for any heat or swelling.
    if you find any of these..post back and describe.

    could she have injured herself by falling or jumping?

    wouldn't hurt to check the crop and make sure it is emptying and has no lumps..or odor..
    listen for any wheezing in the chest.
    and check the vent for any drainage.

    separate her to a warm confined area with soft clean bedding, so food is close by and she can rest her leg.

    give her this along with her regular layer feed.
    try and get some poultry vitamins..if you cannot get them quickly..you can use Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins, Enfamil brand, no iron..give 2 drops on beak once a day for a week, tapering off for another week.
    these may help perk her appetite..

    and try and make up this mixture..
    give her this as suggested, along with her regular layer feed..

    This amount feeds one bird

    Feed the bird 3 times a day for 5 days this mixture

    This mixture is what you will need for the three feeds for 1 day.

    1 egg yolk…
    1 teaspoon honey…
    2 tablespoons plain yogurt…
    3 to 4 tablespoons rolled oats or water cooked oatmeal
    TEENY sprinkle of multi vitamin powder (only if you are not already giving it to them in their drinking water, or in some other way..don’t overdose)
    regular layer feed as needed so it isn't soupy.

    Mix to make a crumble mixture not runny, if you have to roll into pellets and force feed, and then lace in mouth and stroke the neck downwards to encourage swallowing.

    but if she has cocci, and sometimes with worms..they don't have good appetite.
    with her droppings showing blood..it's important to have the fecal test done if at all possible.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009
  3. chickenlove2009

    chickenlove2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Woodlawn, Tn
    now the droppings are green and mostly solid.

    I have already treated her for cocci.

    and i have already started feeding her more vitamins and such.

    i was feeding her laying crumbs

    and her crop is fine
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009

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