My hen is acting very strange? PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by I<3myseramas, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. I<3myseramas

    I<3myseramas New Egg

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    OK So Maggie (the hen) is a 1 year old Speckkeld Sussex. She normaly follows me around cluck, cluck, clucking. She has been lay regularly now for a long time... This morning I walked in to the coop and she was sitting on the perches breathing heavy with a red-er then normal face. I thought maybe she was getting ready to lay her egg so I let her be... I walked in abour 1 hour later and she was on the floor, not walking and her foot looks weird...

    Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    She could be eggbound. She could have a foot injury. What do you mean by "weird"? Pics please, if you can. Could she have been attacked? Could she have fallen from a perch?
    Breathing heavy can mean pain, as well as other things. She is pretty miserable with whatever is ailing her.
    If a vet is an option, I would get there - breathing heavy is something that needs prompt attention. If it's due to pain from an injury, pain relief may help - the usual dose discussed on BYC is ~one baby aspirin (no substitutes) crushed per cup of water.
    JJ
     
  3. I<3myseramas

    I<3myseramas New Egg

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    JJ,
    I do not believe she is eggbound... Her abdomen feels soft. I don't know how to do pics. Her toes are kinda crooked (not broken, I checked), The skin is wrinkly on her foot, and it is tender... [​IMG] There is no chance that something attacked her. I will try the baby asprin.
    Thanks!
     

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