Lethargic, puffy, eyes closed, clear watery poop - going on 6 weeks now

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rime, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Rime

    Rime Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2015
    Western Maine
    I have a hen that's been ailing for about 6 weeks. Treated with fenbendazole originally and she seemed to perk up. After that she improved steadily, little by little for 3-4 weeks. Then the last two days she's downhill again.

    Today she just stood in the corner of the coop, puffed and eyes closed, occasionally shaking her head. I picked her up and felt her crop and it seemed empty except for crispy things - I assume their granite grit. Then I saw her poop and it was nearly clear, with a tiny bit of pale yellow/white. Now I've got her inside a dog crate in the garage. She pooped in the crate again and it was so clear I couldn't even see it on the shavings, though it smelled very strong and sour. I did weigh her and she hasn't changed weight since this started a month and a half ago.

    I'm just not sure what's going on, or why she's just generally ill and not making a real recovery. I feel like it can't be worms since we just treated for that. I do have some durvet duramycin on hand - should I give that a try? I have Corid as well, but they all had a run with coccidia as chicks and made full recoveries. She also has not laid an egg in weeks, as far as I know.

    At a loss, and afraid she's got cancer or something and will linger before dying. Ugh. All the other chickens are doing great and laying extremely well. Why isn't she??
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would look into internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis as possible problems. There can be a lot of different symptoms including watery stools, weight loss, not wanting to eat much, yellow droppings or sometimes cooked egg material, walking like a penguin or walking upright, and wanting to lie around to pain. Antibiotics such as enrofloxacin (Baytril) can be used to treat symptoms, but there usually is not a good outcome long term. As for the puffy eyes, that can be a respiratory disease such as MG or coryza. Duramycin may treat that.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  3. zldema

    zldema Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2015
    We've had two chickens with very similar problems. We tried all the same things to treat them. We eventually had to put one off them down. The other one looks better but is still not laying eggs. She has white poop stuck to her backside. We had to spectate her from the other's. Wish I knew what was going on with her.
  4. Rime

    Rime Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2015
    Western Maine
    Ours ultimately seemed to have a bowel impaction. She eventually produced a very hard, somewhat dry poop consisting mostly of hay, which had been shredded into fine hair-like fibers that were densely packed. Now that she has passed this, she's much more energetic and eating and drinking well. She still shows no sign of laying, but is pooping normally. She did give herself an anal fissure in the process, which we are keeping an eye on. For the moment she's isolated in the garage to heal.

    The plan now is to remove all hay from the coop. There was not much to begin with, but we had a bit in the nest boxes as it kept the eggs cleaner than shavings, and some hay in the run to combat moisture from snow melt. None of the other hens have had any problems with the hay. So I do still wonder if she has a bowel issue the others don't, and whether she will ever produce or be normal. Time will tell on that one.

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