Oh GROSS-- Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flgardengirl, May 14, 2011.

  1. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little phx hen who is about a year old went over her run a few days ago and back into the woods where I don't usually let them freerange. The next day she was hunched over and would not come out of the coop to eat. I felt her crop and it felt pretty full but not super hard. I couldn't find anything else wrong with her so I treated her with some olive oil and massaged her crop to see if I could get things moving being that is was that full early in the morning and she hadn't eaten yet. She was still acting the same for 2 days and not eating at all and the crop was still not emptying. When I was massaging her crop it felt like there were some little hard 'knots' of something in there.
    Yesterday she did not poop at all and this morning she had a few tiny off white thick liquid mucousy poops and that was all. I did get her to drink a little.
    Well tonight, I went to check on her and found this nasty thing in her cage. I had been keeping the cage spotless so I know she pooped it out. She also took a few bites of food tonight.
    I am wondering if this is what was blocking her up? AND what the heck is it??? It is tough and fiberous. It doesn't look like any of the pictures I searched for of poultry worms either. It isn't moving or anything. It is a little whiter in color than the photo shows. Any guesses to what this is?

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  2. bambi

    bambi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry no clue. Have you thought about cutting it open to see what it looks like on the inside?
     
  3. ADozenGirlz

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    Yikes, bizarre-o. [​IMG] I'm stumped, but I'll be keeping my eye on this thread. [​IMG]
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I have no clue what it is. It is either a dead two headed worm or a peice of gristley something she ate or...???... I don't know LOL.
    I hope its not some type of tumor or something. It is really firm and fiberous . I didn/t touch it with my bare hands though! I didn't cut it open yet because
    I wouldn't even know what to look for. I stuck it in a ziplock baggie so I can show dh when he gets home from work. I don't want it to spread if it is a worm or something contagious lol so thought the baggie would be a good idea.

    Come to think of it she hasn't laid an egg in two days either but she isn't a real regular layer so I wasn't that worried and she didn't look like she was straining at her vent or eggbound or anything. I am thinking it must of been in her crop at some point because I could feel something hard like a knot that seems like it was the same size as the ends of this *thing*.
     
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  5. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very Strange....Is she feeling better, though?
    Good luck with her.
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Has the crop gone down?

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  7. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her crop has not gone down all the way but I don't feel that knot now. She ate a little bit of food so she must be feeling a little better. She hasn't eaten in 2 days before tonight. Her pupils looked more dilated before too and now they are normal. She is still standing with her feathers a little poofed up. I hope someone can identify the gross thing so I will know if I should treat her and possibly the rest of the flock for anything.
     
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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How big is it? Can you give us some scale?
     
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The middle part is probably about 3 1/2 inches long and the round ends are about the size of a marble each. The ends are not attached to each other even though it kinda looks like it in the photo. When I found it, it was in a spiral shape like it just came out of her intestine. I picked it up with long forceps and rinsed it off because it had pine bedding stuck to it and I wanted to get an accurate pic lol.
     
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  10. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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