Older hen poopy butt, slow walking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kiplingchick, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. kiplingchick

    kiplingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a four year old red sex link. Her backside has been very poopy, and she walks slow and labored. I have soaked her in a warm tub twice, cleaned her backside but she is not improving. Now her posture seems off; tail very low, almost dragging. I have seen her eat a little. Comb and wattles still bright red, feet and legs are yellow.

    What more should I try?
     
  2. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she walking like a penguin?

    Have you checked her abdomen for lumps or hardness?

    If she's doing the penguin waddle, it could be internal laying.

    MrsB
     
  3. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm afraid I agree with MrsB - sounds a lot like internal laying or ascites (fluid build up in the abdomen), both of which are very common in older production breeds of chickens.
     

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