Is my chicken sick or just nasty?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 3scorpios, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. 3scorpios

    3scorpios Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my chickens last week, so I'm not experienced with illnesses. The farmer who sold me the hens (all about 5 months old) offered to exchange one of them yesterday because I caught her eating her eggs twice. So the replacement hen I brought home yesterday is about a year old. She looks different than the others in that she's skinnier, missing some feathers on her wings (he says maybe it's starting to molt) and her back side is covered in poo. I thought perhaps she was just nervous from being caught and put in a box, which probably caused her to have the runs. However, this morning she would not come down from the roost and when I went out to check on her she was filthy. Way more mess all down her back side and it looks like she laid an egg on the roost which broke and got all over her feathers, especially in the front around her chest area. I carefully picked her up and put her out in the yard with the other chickens, and she seems to be moving around and eating okay.

    I am pretty sure she laid an egg after I brought her here yesterday, because I found one under the tree and I haven't had any chickens lay outside of the nest yet. In fact, I think only two of them were laying to begin with - the one I exchanged and one other. Can someone tell me if it is normal for a chicken to stay up on the roost or is something wrong? Should I try to clean her?

    She's a white hen, not sure what breed. I'll try to grab some photos, but it's raining right now.
     
  2. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I'd clean her the best you can. I think the reason she stays in the coop, is because she's really new yet. Give her time.. she'll finally make her way.

    Good Luck with her! [​IMG]
     
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's probably nervous. It's might be a White Leghorn- they have a skinnier build and are more flighty.
     
  4. 3scorpios

    3scorpios Out Of The Brooder

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    So it's been a week now and my chicken is still not improving. She stands very still with her eyes closed and her head tucked back pretty much all day. She eats and drinks, but not as much as the others and when she moves it's like she's moving in slow motion. I have all six of my chickens free-ranging in my yard, but she chooses to stay huddled up under a pine tree 90% of the time. Today I brought her in the house and washed her back side the best I could, put her in a dog crate and have her near the (propane) fireplace to see if the warmth might help bring her around. She squirts this clear mess out her vent that looks similar to egg white. I bought some powder for mites that I'm planning to apply once she's good and dry, and some Wazine wormer. I have no idea what's wrong with her, can anyone offer advice or suggestions??
     
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  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she may be an internal layer...will the guy you got her from take her back? Lots of chickens bred for high egg production (like leghorns and rhode island reds) tend to have this problem. I do not know how sucessful people have been with working through this.
     
  6. 3scorpios

    3scorpios Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:This is a replacement chicken for the first one I got which he took back because she was eating eggs. He lives an hour away, so I'd like to avoid having to return yet another chicken if I can. Here's a photo of her if it helps.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poor girl does look uncomfortable [​IMG] I do not know much about internal layers, just a guess from other information I have read. Hopefully, some more experienced people will wiegh in soon. Does her abdomen feel hard or look bloated?
     
  8. 3scorpios

    3scorpios Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:No, as I was holding her and my DH was washing her back side, I didn't notice her abdomen feeling hard or bloated. She's just miserable though.
     
  9. 3scorpios

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    [​IMG]

    This chicken is definitely laying eggs w/o shells. Here is a pic of raw egg yolk that the chicken expelled. What causes this and what should I do about it?
     
  10. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone that knows about this stuff, please answer!

    3scorpios, unfortuately, from the information I have gathered, prognosis for internal layers is not very good. Most I have read about have ended up being culled or put to sleep...
     

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