My chickens butt hurts

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tcombest, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. tcombest

    tcombest New Egg

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    I don't know how else to put it. My hen walks around standing straight up with her butt dragging the ground. She acts like her butt is hurting. I noticed that her eggs now have some wierd lines on them like there is something going on in the shell formation. She is getting weak now and the other hens are starting to hen-peck her.

    Should I isolate her for now? And do you think she will make it? Anyone know what is wrong with her. Thank you.
     
  2. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a hen who walked like that as she aged a began having difficulty laying her egg. She would walk around until she would lay her egg on the ground, poor girl. That said, I don't really know what may be wrong with your girl. Here is a sight that lists different egg appearance/quality and possible reasons:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/18/misshapen-eggseasons:
    Could she be laying internally? Is she eating, drinking, pooping normally? Oh, and isolating her won't hurt esp. if she is getting hen-pecked. Keep her warm and as comfortable as you can make her while you work on finding a solution. Someone on here will be sure to post soon with some ideas. Good luck.

    Oh, I just noticed . . . [​IMG] Welcome to the BYC!!!
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Could she be egg bound ??

    I would seperate her and keep an eye on her for a few days.
     
  4. tcombest

    tcombest New Egg

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    Thank y'all for your help. I noticed last night that she is getting weaker. I put some food and water in front of her on the ground and she was obviously starving. I don't think she wants to walk 10 feet outside the coop to the feeder. I'll isolate her today, give her plenty of food and water, and see if I can bring he around. I can also monitor her egg laying better that way. It sure seems to be related to her oviduct... but Im no medico de pollo.
     
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a nice warm soak in some warm water will help her out. Of course keep her in the house where it's nice and warm. I hope for the best for you and your hen. Poor girl......
     

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