Older hen not well

The Phantom

I love birds!!!
Jan 9, 2017
3,786
33,429
1,062
SE Wisconsin
Just got back from a 2 week vacation and my 7-8 year old hen is not well. She is very thin and seems to waddle like a duck. She had a very large back end 2 years ago along with a lash egg. After the lash egg the huge back end disappeared. Has been normal since then. What do y’all think?
 

The Phantom

I love birds!!!
Jan 9, 2017
3,786
33,429
1,062
SE Wisconsin
B480E9CF-1305-411F-8F6D-0844078047CF.jpeg
5BB19D4E-8AAF-4871-9566-065D70BC858B.jpeg
 

Wyorp Rock

🐓 ❤ 🐛
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Sep 20, 2015
39,393
56,175
1,332
Southern N.C. Mountains
Just got back from a 2 week vacation and my 7-8 year old hen is not well. She is very thin and seems to waddle like a duck. She had a very large back end 2 years ago along with a lash egg. After the lash egg the huge back end disappeared. Has been normal since then. What do y’all think?
I'm sorry to hear about your hen:hugs

Sadly, from the symptoms you describe -weight loss and walking like a duck, it sounds like she's having reproductive problems. If she has been laying eggs for the last couple of years after the lash egg, it would be worth feeling inside the vent for an egg and feeling of her abdomen for bloat/swelling or feeling of fluid.

Sometimes supportive care is all you can do if they are declining from reproductive issues-hydration and trying to encourage them to eat. Check the crop to see it's emptying overnight and monitor for lice/mites and worms.
 

Eggcessive

Addict
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Apr 3, 2011
61,058
53,317
1,322
southern Ohio
Older hens over 2 can suffer from reproductive disorders, such as internal laying, salpingitis, egg yolk peritonitis, ascites, or oviduct cancer. Lash egg material is a sign of salpingitis or inflammation of the oviduct. Salpingitis can lead to internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis. Many times we don’t know what has been going on until we do a necrospy after death. Here is some reading:
http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/egg-peritonitis
https://the-chicken-chick.com/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard/
 

The Phantom

I love birds!!!
Jan 9, 2017
3,786
33,429
1,062
SE Wisconsin
Good luck H

I'm sorry to hear about your hen:hugs

Sadly, from the symptoms you describe -weight loss and walking like a duck, it sounds like she's having reproductive problems. If she has been laying eggs for the last couple of years after the lash egg, it would be worth feeling inside the vent for an egg and feeling of her abdomen for bloat/swelling or feeling of fluid.

Sometimes supportive care is all you can do if they are declining from reproductive issues-hydration and trying to encourage them to eat. Check the crop to see it's emptying overnight and monitor for lice/mites and worms.

Older hens over 2 can suffer from reproductive disorders, such as internal laying, salpingitis, egg yolk peritonitis, ascites, or oviduct cancer. Lash egg material is a sign of salpingitis or inflammation of the oviduct. Salpingitis can lead to internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis. Many times we don’t know what has been going on until we do a necrospy after death. Here is some reading:
http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/egg-peritonitis
https://the-chicken-chick.com/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard/
:hugs:hugs:hugs
 

Ebony Rose

Crowing
12 Years
May 26, 2009
2,500
5,644
471
David, Chiriquí, Panama
A scrambled or hard boiled egg, some tuna and/or some sardines may provide some needed protein & amino acids until you can get her some vitamins. If you give her tuna or sardines, I suggest using the ones that are packed in oil, the extra calories could do her some good. Duck waddling or Penguin prancing usually means egg bound, but since she's not been laying for a long time... I just don't know.
 

MANNA-PRO

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom