Need help fast please got sick weak hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lovechickens23, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Wyorp Rock

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    You mention the crop is fine-feels too hard and soft - which is it? Feel the crop at night, then first thing in the morning before she eats or drinks. The crop should be full at night and empty or flat in the morning. A crop that is hard/not emptying, that is boggy or that still has food in it in the morning is not functioning properly. Here's some info for you https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...w-to-know-which-one-youre-dealing-with.73607/

    Since your vet doesn't see chickens, the best thing to do is send a sample to your NY state vet lab for testing -they do perform testing for poultry. Here is the contact information-give them a call or visit their website for more information.
    Animal Health Diagnostic Center https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/programs/avian/contact.cfm
    Phone: (607) 253-3900
    Fax: (607) 253-3943

    Hopefully you can get her eating and drinking, have some testing performed and find out what's wrong with her.
    Good Luck!


    You can find poultry vitamins at most feed stores or you can order online. Any of these will be fine to add to your sick hen's feed or water for a couple of days, then once a week thereafter.

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  2. lovechickens23

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    My mom wont let me do that. What I mean is her crop is hard and soft same time. I might put her down maybe so she suffer. What dose a normal crop feel like? I thought post to be hard.
     
  3. lovechickens23

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    I thought mash means mix food
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    If a hen has been eating well, the crop will feel full and firm, but it is still pliable. It should not feel "hard". Since you say your hen's crop is hard and soft at the same time, then it's probably o.k. as long as you don't feel anything in it first thing in the morning (should be flat with no food in it).

    I'm very sorry about your hen. If you think she is suffering and in pain, it is a kindness to put her down.

    Some poultry feeds are called a "Mash", what I am talking about is making a wet feed mixture for your hen - a "wet mash".
     
  5. lovechickens23

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    Thank you she is skinny still she did eat more when made food wet and soft she like it
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

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    I'm glad that she likes the wet feed, I hope she starts eating better:)
     
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