no obvious symptoms but something wrong

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicks-n-bees, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. chicks-n-bees

    chicks-n-bees Out Of The Brooder

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    Our buff orpington seems to have something wrong but we don't know what. She's just standing in the run while the 2 other girls are happily pecking and scratching all around her. We let her out of the run for some free range time in the back yard this afternoon and noticed that she didn't follow around with the others as usual. When it was time to return her to the run she didn't try and get away like she always does but instead just stood there. Is there something we should do before closing her in the coop for the night or just wait and watch. Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    The easiest way to observe for symptoms is to separate her from the flock. if one of my chickens seem sick, I set up a big card board box or dog kennel with some bedding and food and water. that way I can tell if she is eating, drinking and see what her poop looks like. Check her over for lice or mites and feel if her crop is hard and blocked. listen to her breathing. Feel her belly to see if she is egg bound.
     
  3. chicks-n-bees

    chicks-n-bees Out Of The Brooder

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    I compared how her crop feels to the others and it seems like it feels the same so I guess it's ok. What should I be feeling for when I check her belly to see if she is egg bound? Thanks for your advise.
     
  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    If she were egg bound you would feel the egg fairly near the vent. but if she were egg bound you might have notice her spending more time in the nest box or a pulsing vent. It can be difficult to figure out what is going on with a chicken. I hope she is feeling better soon.
     
  5. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a rooster act like that for three days, was fluffed up, wouldn't forage, and didn't eat. I didn't know what it was, so I left him for three days. He got better by himself, I still don't know why he acted sick.
     
  6. chicks-n-bees

    chicks-n-bees Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your input. We brought her in the house tonight and fixed up a big box with shavings, food and water. I held her on my lap for a while and checked for any other symptoms. No sign of an egg near the vent. Her crop was full but soft and she has no mites/bugs. While on my lap she had a seriously nasty liquid yellow/white poo. [​IMG] Any suggestions on what else we should do? Can we leave her in the house for the day tomorrow or will the heat of the house be too much for our fluffy feathered friend? Thanks for your help.
     
  7. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    a chicken can handle heat up to 80 before getting uncomfortable. hope she get's better!
     
  8. Angel16

    Angel16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello i have a question what is a vent on a chicken?? i'm really new to the chicken world so i don't know a lot.
     
  9. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Vent is the exit or anus I guess you could say. However, it is a vent since both eggs/ sperm and fecal matter exit through the opening.
     
  10. Angel16

    Angel16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay now i get it!! thanks! now is it usual for young egg layers to get egg bound??
     

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