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Lethargic, large crop, one eye closed, shivering, hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Steve1960, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Steve1960

    Steve1960 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just noticed a hen with one eye closed, just standing around. At first I thought she was sleeping, but when I approached she moved and I noticed one eye closed. From time to time she would open it, then close it back. I picked her up and she was shivering a little and her crop feels really large. I picked up another hen and her crop seems much smaller and lower on her body. The other one won't extend her neck when I sqeeze gently on her crop.
    The eye looks okay - no swelling, puss, etc, just closed. Otherwise she looks fine. She's a 9 week old Dominique.

    Any idea's?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Isolate her in a warm spot. Put vitamins/electrolytes in her water. Try to feed her some yogurt. Keep an eye on her droppings - what do they look like?

    And wash your hands before and after handling her and any other animals.
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  3. Steve1960

    Steve1960 Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't seen droppings yet. I went back out after posting and she was actually standing in the yard sleeping. I put her in the coop, but she came back out to be with the flock.
    Just fyi - I feed them fresh ground organc feed, and they free range. They eat lots of grass, bugs, frogs and occassionally a little sweet corn and tomatoes.

    I'll isolate her and see how her doppings look.
     
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    You might try a couple drops of oil and a massage to get that crop unpacked. Keep us posted.
     
  5. Steve1960

    Steve1960 Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of oil would you use, and would you squirt it down her throat?
     
  6. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd use eyedropper to gently squeeze into her beak.
    Any vegetable oil should be fine, I'm thinking.
     

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