Lethargic, heavy breathing, and odd eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dominoes, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Dominoes

    Dominoes Just Hatched

    Sep 20, 2015
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Help. 1 of our 2 chickens is sick. Eggs over the past week are odd colour and shape. Last egg was 3 days ago. The Last 48hrs she's been lethargic, just sitting down all day in 1 place and breathing heavily with eyes half closed. Comb looks nice and red, feathers look glossy and she's been preening and puffing them out. It's spring here and we've had 2 sunny days. What might be wrong and what should I do?
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome to BYC.

    How is your hen?
    How old is she?
    What type of food/treats do you feed?
    Can you post a picture of the odd eggs?
    How does her abdomen feel - soft, hard, normal, bloated, fluid filled, etc.?

    If she is lethargic, then she could be egg bound or have some type of internal laying/reproductive disorder like Egg Yolk Peritonitis, Ascites, tumors or cancer.

    Vet care would be best.

    Soak her in a warm bath with epsom salts. Gently feel inside her vent about 1" with a lubricated finger, feel if there is an egg inside.
    Offer her some extra calcium like TUMS or liquid calcium if you have it. Keep her warm in a quiet darkened area and make sure she is staying hydrated. If you have some poultry vitamins add those to her water.

    Let us know how she is doing.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by