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Lethargic hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by n1st, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my 2 1/2 year old hens has been kind of lethargic today. She would just stand there with her tail down so I thought she was egg bound. I brought her in, gave her a warm bath and massaged her abdomen, then put some oil up and around her vent. She didn't get any better so I put a glove on and put some vaseline on my finger and tried to lubricate inside her vent. Her tail went up after I did that then she started eating. When I put her back outside she pooped out this white diarrhea with some green stuff in it!! She just stands there all puffed and she pooped out some more diarrhea with green stuff in it. She'll eat and drink still. I gave her some yogurt that she ate some of. She seemed interested in the nesting box, so I put her in there but I don't think she layed an egg. What does she have? And how do I treat it?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    She's feeling better now. She's preening herself, ran away from me a little, and scratched around a little. She still has that green stuff in her poop, though, but less diarrhea. Why is there green stuff in her poop??
    Thanks
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Not sure about chickens but, with humans and cattle, the poop can be green if they are sick. Anything from the flu bug to something more major. You have given her yogurt which will help the good bugs in her stomach (P.S.-if she doesn't care for the yogurt I would try Probios). I guess I would watch her close and see what else happens. Maybe someone else here has more experience with this and can help you.
     
  4. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    Only thing I will add is anytime I think a bird is sick I separate it from the others.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Is she eating? Often green poo is a sign of not eating, but could be other things, not sure though. I would keep her apart just in case.
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Or if she ranges and eats grass, you will see green poo too. Is it still runny or more solid?

    Jody
     
  7. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, she's eating, but she won't eat her yogurt! We don't have any probiotics and no store close to us carries it. We have goat probiotic though, do you think it's the same thing?? We have her separated from the other chickens. No, they don't free-range but I'll occasionally let them out to get some grass. Her poop is still runny and green.
     
  8. KiwiChook

    KiwiChook Out Of The Brooder

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    do you mean dark green? Is she still laying?
     
  9. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    It's a pretty dark green. She hasn't layed today or yesterday ( not sure about the days before that); like I said, she went in the nest yesterday, but I don't think she layed anything.

    Thanks
     
  10. crazy4chicsinBC

    crazy4chicsinBC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are her eyes runny? does she sound wheezy?
     

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