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listless bantam chicken spitting up slime, help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Spring Chook, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I'm new here and hoping you can help.
    I have a 2 year old Bantam, Talulah who is off her food, listless and spitting up slime. She also has a pooey bottom. She is very wild so difficult to catch so I havent checked her crop, though I'm not entirely sure what I'd be looking for anyway. She is usually a real character and first to the food. My other 2 batams and 4 hens are all fine. Any ideas wise chicken people?
     
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she still laying? (possibly eggbound?) Check her crop first thing in the morning and make sure it has gone down overnight. Check to see if it feels spongy, squishy or hard. Also bumping you up....
     
  3. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not laying, crop squishy, not eating. any thoughts? shes such a wonderful bantam.
     
  4. janetk

    janetk Out Of The Brooder

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    might be sour crop? you can try searching for it here, or maybe someone else knows better.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    spitting up slime does sound like a crop thing. But I wouldn't know any more than that.
     
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much for your help everyone. I will try a bit of crop massage and maybe a flush. Not sure how she'll take this though, she's very wild and nervy. I will update later
    thanks again
     
  8. seminolewind

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    Try wrapping her in a towel, seems to calm them down
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Check your feed for any sign that it has ever been wet or has mold in it, too. If the crop feels "doughy" like one of those stress balls people squeeze in their palms, it may have a fungus set up from mold and quit working.
     
  10. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went back to the coop last night, all braced to give Talulah a crop massage and flush, but to my surprise, she felt fine. The crop seemed empty. I've just fed them this morning and she came out of the coop looking reasonably perky and I saw her eat some mash. She even gave one of the hens a peck. She's not right, but perhaps she is getting better. Could it just have been a cold? thank you so much for your help everyone.
     

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