moaning hen. What should I be looking for.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by McGoo, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I've got a young hen who started moaning today. And there's another one making a squawking sound. It's winter here and the snow has been fallng all day.
    Any ideas on what I should be looking for. I am not sure if she has actually laid an egg as of yet. she's a 6-7 mo old wheaton marans and they lay late. No other obvious signs of a problem... comb okay, not ssquatting. Vent looks fine from what I see.

    Help ideas appreciated.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I have a hen that hums constantly. She's done this for as long as I can remember. It's actually kind of annoying. The only times she stops is if something catches her attention, she'll stop, but then starts right back up.

    Constant verbalizing doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong. I would keep an eye on yours, but not worry too much if she isn't showing any signs of illness.

    Good luck.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Feathered friends are awesome

    Maybe she's slowly working up to the egg song! [​IMG]
  4. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    what do you mean by moaning? a low, pained sound, or just normal "chicken talk"
  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have some pullets who moan as they are laying. Maybe she is getting crampy and complaining?
  6. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    I agree, mine start making this guttural growling noise right before they start laying. If she's acting otherwise fine, I'd say that's what it is and keep an eye on it. Now if she's acting weird or lethargic...
  7. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    thanks all. I hear gurgling this morning. I've separated her and am starting her on tetricycline as a preventative I'm also putting in other chicken drinking water.

  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Feathered friends are awesome

    So what your hearing is fluid in her lungs like congestion?
  9. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I believe so. I've isolated her and measured out the Tetracylin. Hope everyone's okay. Any other ideas?
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Feathered friends are awesome

    If your hearing conjestion I believe I would go ahead and treat them all, most respiatory infections are contageous sorry my spelling isn't so hot. I am not sure if this is the best antibiotic for it but won't hurt to get them started on something, try to give them some plain yogurt while and after they are taking this to build back up good gut bacteria, because the antibiotic will kill good and bad. Please keep us updated on how it's going. I'll be thinking about ya'll [​IMG] Also how is her crop look and feel?
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011

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