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Older hen poopy butt, slow walking

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

  1. kiplingchick

    kiplingchick Chirping

    Jan 15, 2011
    Central NC
    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 Songster

    Aug 11, 2014
    Magnolia, Texas
    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.

  3. KayTee

    KayTee Songster

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    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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