My hen keeps...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MRNpoultry, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    When I let them out today there were three normal eggs, so she must had layed a normal one today. She is acting more normal to.
  2. mikebrinkerhoff

    mikebrinkerhoff Hatching

    Apr 9, 2008
    Fircrest, WA
    I've got the same thing... Went out to collect eggs one day last week, and there was a wierd, hard, brown/pink "thing" that looks like what you have next to your egg there. Had no idea what it was, didn't worry too hard... Then this morning I went out and there was a perfect egg with no shell. It felt like a water balloon. and next to it was another bizarrely shaped calcium deposit, which I'm guessing would have been its shell. Can't tell which hen is having the problem, as I have three that lay brown eggs. Hopefully it's just a glitch... They have oyster shell available...
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    If she has stuff stuck to her backside you need to get it off, and check around her vent for lice and lice eggs.
    The eggs will be little white things wrapped around the base of the feather shafts.
  4. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    A month are two ago we cut all the stuff off. Now it is back again. I don't think the stuff is covering her vent. What will lice do? I will clean her again and check for lice, if she has lice how could I kill them?
  5. crystalchik

    crystalchik Songster

    Jan 15, 2008
    Central Florida
    You can kill lice and mites easilly within minutes with can find it just about anywhere that has a garden shop(walmart, TSC, Ace Hardware) in a red bag. Hold her well and turn her face down so her back is vertical with your stomach. Take some 7-Dust with your fingers and sprinke it at the base of her tail, on and below her vent, and in all of the fluff below her vent working towards her stomach. Then just work it in to the shaft of the feathers. You want to concentrate on this area especially because this is were mites tend to thrive. But to be safe, do the same to rest of her body even you dont see any mites.
    If you turn her over and pull back the feathers just under her vent, you will see mites scurrying away (providing she has any). It is not a big deal, but I have seem them, in the thousands, basically suck the life out of the bird. The birds becomes skinny, lethargic, and pale. But as soon as treated, they were back in 2 days. You should 7-Dust her, and the rest of the flock, about once a month to be safe. I noticed that one bird may almost die of mites and the rest of the chickens be completely free of them...??? I dont know how that works, because they spread like wildfire!
    Anyways, I wish you luck with her and glad she is feeling better!
  6. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    Thanks, I am getting ready to go outside to check them. We have some seven dust in the barn right now.

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