Please help! Sick hen....?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scooby8863, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. scooby8863

    scooby8863 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my new white cochin hens has been having problems ....I think she may be egg bound. The first day I got her she was fine then the next day she was still eating and drinking and active but her eyes were just about shut. Later that day I went out there and she had passed a broken egg. The next morning I went out there and there was a perfectly fine little egg and she was fine. (teusday) And the following day the same problem eating and drinking like normal but her eyes are almost shut. I thought she may be eggbound but dont know. I cant feel anything hard in her abdomen. But I brought her inside and soaked her in some warm water, the I blow drried her and now she is in my rooom in a dark warm place so she can relax and hopefully pass the egg if thats the problem. [​IMG]. I also added some electrolyte mixture to her water just now. Any suggestions on what might be ailing her?
     
  2. scooby8863

    scooby8863 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone? [​IMG]
     
  3. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like you are doing all the right things if she is egg bound. lots of info here on that problem, I have also heard to lub the vent with olive oil to help the egg slide out. I think the electrolyte solution will be helpfull in making her feel more lively, do you live in a cold climate? if she is not feeling well, keeping her warmer than the outside temps for a few nights might be helpful, I have a fairly bald chicken I am keeping inside for a few nights when it is below 10 degrees at night, she stays in the coop with the others during the day, I keep her in my cool temp mud room, it is about 40 degrees at night, not sure if this is the right thing to do, but when they are ill/bald they are more effected by the cold or is this just the mother in me? but if they are a little warmer they can focus their energy on getting better. I hope she does well, good luck
     
  4. scooby8863

    scooby8863 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your help. She didnt pass the egg over night but now that I think of it eggbound might not even be the problem. She was in a pen with two roosters and she was the only hen so they would constantly peck her in the back of the head so maybe she is just sore from that, I did seperate her into her own little pen from all the other chickens so she dont get picked on anymore. I live in Florida so the coldest it gets here is about 20 degrees.
     
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  5. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it could be just that, getting pecked in the head all day would get to anything. I think you will know better if she feels better in a day or so after being separated from the roos, two roos and one hen is not a good ratio. I read here you shold have 10 hens per roo, they may be mating with her to much too, not allowing her to eat ect..
     

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