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Hen w/diarrhea/discolored&small wattles, combs - UPDATE!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ogr8ys1, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. ogr8ys1

    ogr8ys1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three hens who up until today have been healthy. One is white leghorn, the other two are red sex links. All were born in April of this year - only two have been laying up until last week when we got a third egg one morning, but nothing since. This morning one of the reds wasn't outside and I opened the enclosed portion and she was just sitting there, showing no signs of wanting to go outside. I closed it back up and got some bread to throw into the other girls and she did come out, although she seemed somewhat unsteady and moved slower. She did eat and drank when I changed the water, but continued to just stand by the waterer. Her comb is a lighter pink and seems to be shrinking?? Also, her wattles are much smaller than the other two girls. When she turned around I noticed that she had quite a bit of diarrhea on her rear - I've brought her in the house, rinsed her rear and checked her for lice/mites not finding any. She's currently inside with a heater on her. As a precaution I've added duramycin to the water for everyone - please any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm afraid I'm not holding up much hope for her, though.
     
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  2. Mrs Chickens

    Mrs Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Not an expert here but had a chicken do the samething, this is some of the advise I was given.

    Check her crop see if she has food in there, it should feel like its got grain in, if she has that the first good sign.

    Put your hand up between her legs and back side and gently feel for anything egg shape as she may be egg bound.

    Put her in a box and keep her in & good luck
     
  3. Mrs Chickens

    Mrs Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Also try given her cider vinager in her water just a teaspoon to approx liter
     
  4. ogr8ys1

    ogr8ys1 Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE - Her stool is looking formed, not as wattery. She was just standing in the corner of the dog crate so I got a shoebox with shavings and put her in it and she laid right down and seemed to be straining for a moment and then closed her eyes. Maybe she's been worn down?? Also, I've run my hand up and down her abdomen and she feels pretty bony - but I don't feel anything egg shaped.
     
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  5. ogr8ys1

    ogr8ys1 Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE - Honey passed away this morning, although she seemed somewhat perkier at 6:00am and no longer had diarrhea. By 10:00 she was dead. I'm going to try to upload a photo of her with the other hen, as you can see in the photo her wattles and comb are much smaller, so now I'm wondering if she had a congenital defect all along - please take a look and let me know what you think. She is the hen on the left.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

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    [​IMG] I'm so sorry you lost Honey; I don't have any experience or knowledge that I can share with you, but I wanted you to know that I feel sad you lost her.
     
  7. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

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    So sorry to hear about Honey! [​IMG] She was beautiful!
    Over the years I've lost one or two because of what I thought might have been a possible congenital defect...looking perfect one day, dead the next. [​IMG]
    Regardless, it's never an easy lesson to learn...they take a little piece of your heart when they go.
    Try to keep your chin up ~
     

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