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Lost my first Hen tonight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FlockEweFarm, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. FlockEweFarm

    FlockEweFarm Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Talk about rotten timing! I have the final paper of my class due , dinner to cook, kids to bathe and put to bed and animals to feed and prepare for night, and my oldest son comes in and tells me that I have a ,"Sick chicken in the coop" that has supposedly been there for hours and wont come out. I have been home all day working on my paper and research project, yet this is the first I hear that "Freak" is acting sick. I drop everything and run to the coop, and sure enough she is hiding in the back of the coop between a couple of the nest boxes with her head down. She has green poop caked around her vent and she isnt wanting to move. I take her in the house and I gave her a warm bath which she seemed to enjoy. She relaxed in the tub, and I palpated her vent area, and I found a soft bulge that was almost hot to the touch. I soaked her for about a half hour and then I put her in a warm and quiet cage with water and I offered some food. She did not eat or drink. I kept an eye on her, but she just seemed to fade and around 3 hours after I found her, she passed away.

    This next part might gross some out but it is a amateur necropsy report on her.
    Dominique Pullet aged 18 weeks with distinguishing feature or flopped comb
    weight 5lbs
    normal features, no nasal or oral discharge
    no mites, lice or worms
    diet of layena, scratch, alfalfa, free range grasses and weeds, bread and leftovers
    no feather loss, bumble foot or comb discoloration

    I made an incision,to expose the structure of the vent to ascertain if the pullet was eggbound. Discovered copious amounts of dark and light green feces, and a clear and yellowish fluid. due to poor quality of scalpel and lack of adequate materials, I was unable to expose the eggsac and stomach, but I feel that disease was not a factor.

    Does anyone out there have an opinion? Internal layer or should I be worried about my flock?? I will be getting better supplies so that I can do better necropsies if necessary, but I hope to not have to do them. I just want to know if my hunch was correct.
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    sorry to hear about your loss.. the green poop around her vent and how she acted brought me to a flashback. i never knew what happened to my hen 3-4 years ago. which now im interested to hear answers.
  3. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    I'm interested in hearing what others have to say as well........I lost my first hen(exactly 19 weeks old) on Friday and had pretty much your EXACT scenario(kids,dinner, dogs........teenage son going out and saying hen wasn't looking right, etc)and mine also died within about an hour or two. I am worried about the rest of the flock as well. My husband examined the vent(with his finger ;( ) and didn't feel anything.....but we did notice some of the runny poop you described. Not bloody or anything.....but light colored and runny.....only upon examining her vent though. It wasn't on her rear or feathers or anything. I hope you can find something to ease your worries [​IMG] Sorry for your loss......I know exactly how you feel right now. Hang in there!
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Sorry for your loss..... [​IMG]

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