ill hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kristine21, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. kristine21

    kristine21 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2014
    North california
    hello everyone,
    I have 4 hens and one rooster, this morning I went to see my hens when one of them mixed breed Americana and silver lace polish was acting weird. she was all puffed up as if she was cold outside temperature 50f..i picked her up and she seems very tired or slow. didn't make any noise (usually she is very chatty)..she haven't layd any eggs for 2-3 days, I figured its because of the cold weather/ bugs under the feathers.. am worried if its something serious....
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    She sounds like she could be egg bound. Here's a great link on treating egg bound hens.

    Egg binding is when an egg gets stuck on its way out the vent which clogs up the hen. Usually it’s a larger than normal egg that gets stuck. Other causes include: Too much protein in her diet, too little calcium, worms, lack of food or water or low quality feed.
    Signs of a hen who is egg bound include her being fluffed up with eyes closed, tail and wings dropped and lifelessness. Egg binding needs to be treated immediately and carefully. First, before bringing the hen to it, get a warm bath ready. Then carefully and calmly soak her behind and back area for several minutes. While she is soaking, gently massage her back and vent area to help encourage the egg out. Then take her out and keep massaging the area. Apply a little bit of Vaseline or vegetable oil to her vent and keep massaging. Finally, dry her feathers off and take her back to the coop where you may want to go ahead and place her calmly in a nest box with several soothing herbs to help relax her. Make sure she is warm, dry and has plenty of water. If the egg has still not come out within 24 hours, repeat the whole process over again.
    Try and make this process as stress free and soothing as possible. It’s best if you have a partner to help you with this process. If your hen panics and you grab her tightly you could break the egg inside of her, which will probably kill her.

    She could also be just cold. Make sure your coop is warm and has dry bedding, ventilation and no drafts.

    Bedding that is warm and absorbent is also necessary. Wet bedding mixed with the cold temps and wind chills equals bad frostbite. So either use straw, shavings or shredded paper. Straw is possibly the best bedding to use in winter. Line the nests with straw to help prevent eggs from freezing. Bales of straw help act as insulation and keep the coop even warmer.

    Best of luck to you!
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, you've gotten some good advice from liz9910 and Mountain Peeps above, hope she recovers.
  5. kristine21

    kristine21 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2014
    North california
    she is in a cat carrier with food and water, only now she started to drink some water, but she seems very tired. not eating yet. I will head to a near by pet store/farmers store to see if I can find the medicine for coccidiosis. I went to the emergency section where this was suggested. my husband suggested to check for egg inside her. as I did she didn't seem disturbed and no egg was inside, a small distarge of yellow fluid was on the glow, I wonder if that was the egg or if its the normal distarge...
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    So sorry about your hen. [​IMG] Definitely post this in our emergency section. There are a few other things this could be. But at least you know she is not egg bound. I hope you can get her healed up soon.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Glad you joined us!
    I'm sorry to hear about your hen. [​IMG] Hopefully, people in the Emergencies section can help. Good luck!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I hope the Emergencies people can help you out! [​IMG]Good luck with your bird.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] I hope your hen will be doing better after you treat her

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