My hen's underside is firm, and she smells bad. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peytons Poultry, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Peytons Poultry

    Peytons Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had my hen Easter inside for a few days now. She has trouble walking on her right leg, I think its sprained. She has not been pooping much, and what she has is green and very smelly. Her underside is quite firm, and she smells a lot like spoiled chicken. Does anyone know what this is?
     
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First check her for being egg bound,put on gloves w lubricant and do a cloacal exam,see if you can feel and egg. Soak her in a warm water bath. If you feel an egg you can also(besides warm water soak)give her a calcium or tums tablet or liquid calcium. Keep her quiet and in a dark area.

    She could also have a condition called peritonitis,but check for egg binding first.

    For possible sprain leg,can you feel any swelling? Soak her in an epsom salt bath this is great for sprains/sore muscles and for cleaning.

    Green poop is from not eating enough food. You may want to consider tube feeding her.
     
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  3. Peytons Poultry

    Peytons Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, this helps. I am about to give her a soak and check for egg binding. When she breaths i can see her breathing, her throat seems to expand with each breath. Do you think any of this could be something internal?
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Lymphoid Leukosis Synonyms:
    visceral leukosis, leukosis, big liver, LL Species affected: Although primarily a disease of chickens, lymphoid leukosis can infect turkeys, guinea fowl, pheasants, and doves, but not on a large scale.

    Clinical signs:
    The virus involved has a long incubation period (4 months or longer). As a result, clinical signs are not noticeable until the birds are 16 weeks or older. Affected birds become progressively weaker and emaciated. There is regression of the comb. The abdomen becomes enlarged. Greenish diarrhea develops in terminal stages (see Table 2).

    Transmission:
    The virus is transmitted through the egg to offspring. Within a flock, it is spread by bird- to-bird contact and by contact with contaminated environments. The virus is not spread by air. Infected chicken are carriers for life.

    Treatment: none

    Prevention:
    The virus is present in the yolk and egg white of eggs from infected hens. Most national and international layer breeders have eradicated lymphoid leukosis from their flocks. Most commercial chicks are lymphoid-leukosis negative because they are hatched from LL-free breeders. The disease is still common in broiler breeder flocks.
     

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