hen suddenly went listless earlier today, now panting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LutzFLdawg, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. LutzFLdawg

    LutzFLdawg In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2013
    One of our lorps was acting fine this morning, and then just laid down on the ground. I saw her do this, as I was outside calling them, and she can running towards me, and then started walking, and then just sat down. Her tail was twitching in rhythmic fashion, so I figured she was having some trouble passing an egg. I put her in the coop in a nesting box, which she promptly jumped out of and went back to laying on the ground. I decided to give her a few hours to see if she laid the egg, but she didn't.

    Around an hour ago I saw that she was panting, so I figured she might be egg bound. I couldn't feel an egg from an external exam, so I stuck a gloved lubed finger in her cloaca and couldn't feel an egg. I was all the way up to my knuckle and nothing. But, her cloaca was opening and closing rhythmically, but not constantly, when I flipped her over and pulled feathers out of the way, which I understand is sometimes what hens will do when egg bound.

    As soon as I sat her down, she immediately laid down again. She's panting, even though it's not hot. Her comb and face color are still bright red. I can't find any obvious wounds or trauma on a physical exam. I'm not sure what else to check. She was fine this morning, and then did a 180. Since I can't find evidence of being egg bound (which was my guess from her rhythmic tail pumping) I'm not sure how to proceed.

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

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