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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cluckin tractor, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. i have a hen in my 11 bird flock that has a deep red floppy comb, little fat and you can feel the bones under the feathers quite distinctivley, low movements and not fast, makes not happy sounds, not good balance on perches, sits in the same spot and does not bother moving. they had green feed last week and i'm not shure if it dug in yesterday. a mixture of barley, wheat and laying pellets. water clean and food not mouldy.

    could be the hen that failed to raise chicks as i released it yeserday from brooding eggs becaues it had enough. maybe it has been recovering but i doubt it. plenty of grain to eat but refuses and does not bother to run away when atempting to pick upwormed a few months ago and they all have calcuim.

    the hen would be about 2-3 years old and is a ok layer. bedding is sligltly moist but only at the surface. backside all dirtie but has got digested poo not runny substance. other hens are a ok.

    i think the symptons have shown today as i did not notice it yesterday. sick chick was vaccinated at hatchery but not shure if it has coccasidis

    happened a few years ago one hen died in her first year showing the general symptons. but died later

    she is isolated with grain and chick crumbles for easy eatin with water

    info would be greatly appreciated

  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    It's hard to say what you might be dealing with there. If i were you, i would look into impacted or sour crop and separately egg laying problems. My bookmarks aren't working, so i can't give you the specific links, but if you'll search for impacted and sour crop, you'll get lots of good threads with good information.
  3. it is too lat the morning after my first post i found it dead its head in a curled mode and feet flat as if it had collpased on its head.
    that makes my flock a flock of 10 now it was a good hen

    does anyone no any thing as i'm baffled

    i have read that chickens can die out of the random
  4. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    Sorry bout the loss.

    There are so many things that can cause them to go down hill with sort of wishy washy symptoms.

    Internal Laying
    Lympoid Leukosis
    Internal infections
    Heart problems
    Large Liver disease

    A necropsy is really helpful if vet service can be had for it thats good but if not it can be largly accomplished DIY and is a very good learning tool. May seam sicko to cut open the bird after it's death but it is likely the best way to learn what happened and give you more knowledge to treat and diagnose troubles in the future.
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    If I understand correctly, sounds like she was sitting on eggs for awhile? For how long and was she eating/drinking well during that time? The thing is, usually (not always [e.g. heart attack], but usually) there are signs of illness before the fateful day. If you are able to get necropsy done, it will hopefully shed light and help you spare others in the future.
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Sorry to hear about your loss cluckin tractor. Be sure to keep an eye out on the others in case your girl didn't die because of her broodiness.
  7. a cut open and examine guts now would be a vomit in the bucket [​IMG] becuse it is well over a week dead at the bottom of the hole. i think that a another hen maybe showin the same symptons but not entirely shure.
    clay valley farmer's list is already half ruled and she had plenty to eat and drink.

    i'm not shure if it was the broody hen

    thanx 4 the posts

    still looking 4 more info

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