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Hen with tail down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Acre of Blessings, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I have a Golden Comet hen that has been walking around for a few days with her tail down. Not sure why. She is the only one like this. All of the other hens tails are perked up in the air but this one isn't.

    Anyone here know why this may be?
  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    She may have whats called "egg binding" try placing her under a heat light to keep her warm..and to relax her..the egg may be "stuck" inside her ....
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how old is the hen?

    has the hen been wormed?
    if so when? and what was used?

    when did she last lay an egg?
    has she ever laid a soft shelled egg?
    is she walking like a penguin?

    feel the vent/belly area for heat or swelling..
    check vent for drainage or if you can see an egg...

    describe the droppings..color and consistency..

    you can try sitting her on a warm towel..microwave can warm the towel..not too hot!
    put her in a warm, quiet, dim place for an hour or so..so she can relax..
    some people set the hen in a warm bath..
    tho, if she is eggbound..it's likely after several days, she'd be dead..
    tho she could have a soft shelled egg or some other condition going on..
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    The hen is 8 months old

    All i use is DE (food grade)
    Not sure when the last egg was laid by her (we have several chickens)
    no she is not walking like a penguin, its just her tail is pointed to the ground instead of the sky

    no heat, no swelling, no drainage, droppings look normal

    I'll try the heat towel, but even I can't get enough rest [​IMG]

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