Lethargic hen straining to poop, not eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Elise, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Elise

    Elise In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2008
    My EE hen, Thelma, is nearly 3 years old. Over the past several days she has become increasingly lethargic, not following the other girls out of the coop as quickly in the morning or showing much interest in normal chicken activities. Today I observed her for quite awhile in the morning, and she just stood in one spot for a long time, tail down, head drawn in, and looking a little puffed up (it is cold here in Colorado, although they have a heated coop). When she began to move around, several times she squatted and strained like she was attempting to poop, but only a couple times did anything come out. The poop looked normal, but it was extremely small. I picked her up and examined her, and I couldn't feel anything in her crop. I didn't see her eat or drink anything with the rest of the chickens. Her vent looked normal. There was no redness or bleeding and no poop crusted on. I felt her abdomen and did not feel any swelling, hardness, or squishiness. She is an older hen and has not laid for several months, so I don't think she's eggbound. I couldn't find any other abnormalities.

    Does anyone have any idea what may be causing this? I've searched and searched for answers and I'm stumped.
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I think i would go ahead and give her a warm bath - even though you didn't feel anything. You might find that it releases something that's in the way. If that doesn't work, i would isolate her and encourage her to drink and maybe eat some boiled egg yolks until you can determine what the real problem is.
  3. LJack

    LJack In the Brooder

    Jan 12, 2012
    I have a hen that is doing the same thing. A couple of months ago she a had what I believed was a prolapse oviduct, which swelling went down, scar tissue dried up and fell off. She's never laid an egg that I know of. But now she's doing this straining even after warm baths for the past 5 days. Did you ever find out what was wrong with your hen or what helped?

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