My favorite Red Star Ginger isn't quite right...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CamsCluckinChicks, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. CamsCluckinChicks

    CamsCluckinChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I have a 5-month old Red Star pullet named Ginger. This morning I went out to collect eggs, check water, feed, etc. She seemed fine. I went back out around 11:00 & she was rather listless...like she was tired or something. I held her for awhile, brought her in the house & she promptly poo'd...a little runny, but I gave them some apples and leftover salad mix yesterday (no large bib lettuces). Since they don't always get snacks like that, I'm thinking the runs were from that.

    However, I went to put her back in the coop because she seemed fine while in the house. She put her nose in a corner!! I was bringing her to the quarantine 'coop' which is in our garage & enroute, she dropped TWO undeveloped eggs!! She still seems a little listless so I did end up putting her in quarantine for now. She is just now starting to lay. Is this normal?? I should mention, her breathing & everything is fine...no respiratory distress.

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  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    you may want to see if she has more eggs that need to come out? Also, do a search on internal laying.. could be an issue.
     
  3. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't speak for what's going on with yours. But our golden comet went through that a week after she started laying. We pulled her inside and undeveloped egg (some look like scrambled egg) came out. Went on for the night, we kept her in for observation for a day or two and she returned to normal. We're going to keep an eye on her in the future incase she develops some internal laying issues. But so far, so good.

    Do you have free access to oyster shell or a calcium supplement out for her? That might help as well.

    Good luck, hope she gets better! [​IMG]
     
  4. CamsCluckinChicks

    CamsCluckinChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left her to rest for the day in the quarantine cage. By 4:00 this afternoon she was back to being the Ginger I know & love. Yay! [​IMG]

    I do keep oyster shell as well as grit and a constant supply of food & fresh water in the coops, so I don't think that was the problem. After doing some research, I think the 1st 'egg' that came out had broken inside of her and the 2nd 'egg' pushed it out. As far as I know, these were her 1st lays. Almost immediately after they came out I could see a difference in her, but she still looked like she could use a little nap. Apparently that was exactly what she needed. When I put her back in the coop this time, she ran right outside the chicken door and into their yard and started doing normal chicken stuff. I checked on her again tonight before I closed them up for the night and she was roosting as normal next to Jake, our rooster, who just so happens to be her best friend. LOL!

    Thanks for the info on broken eggs inside, etc. I found a lot of information based off that!! I really, really need to get the Chicken Health Handbook!! LOL!
     

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