Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickadeeRanch, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First I brought in Blue because she had the same symptoms as one of my hens that died ( I'll tell you about her later but this is more urgent)
    But then I found Ingrid in sleeping position sitting at the edge of the nesting box dripping gooey fluid from her butt...she was perky and fine just a couple of hours ago! i brought her into the basement for the night - she would not eat anything nor drink and she still won't!
    I found part of a shell-less egg on her butt when i brought her in and her poop is liquidy and green
    This morning i came to check on her and there was an egg and alot of fluid (white?) plus a lot poop
    the only improvement is she is a little perkier but that is probably because it is day
    HELP
    plz don't suggest antibiotics!
     
  2. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE:
    -her wings droop down beside her
    -she is drinking a ton of water but still no food
    -she is pooping liquid and egg like crazy
    -she walks very slowly, makes no noise, droops her head, puffs out feathers
    -she feels as though she has lost weight
    -1/8th of her comb is purple

    What now?
    there is only so long she can last with no food!

    When i said there was an egg in the bucket i meant to say it was shell-less.
     
  3. I have no idea, but I hope she gets better!!
     
  4. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah i don't know...she is 3
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    She's obviously having some kind of egg issues, but I'm not sure what hers is specifically. All of my birds who've had egg issues always display the physical signs you described with your bird.

    It's possible she's an internal layer (do a search here on BYC). The one hen I had that I suspected was an internal layer did drip egg white, and sometimes yolk matter, and would go through stretches of barely eating (and weight loss). She'd perk up for weeks at a time, but then would go through it again - never laying a normal egg. She eventually died.

    Or she could just be having egg issues that are temporary. My one girl who only lays soft shelled eggs (jello eggs), always acts sick the day she's trying to work a soft shelled egg out. Evidently her egg tract has a hard time moving it through, since there's nothing solid to push on.

    It's possible an egg (soft shell or regular) broke inside her, resulting in seeing the white/yolk dripping out, but the shell is still inside. Some would suggest to insert a finger to feel for broken shell. But personally, I would be afraid of hurting her worse...

    I'm sure none of this makes you feel any better. You can give her a warm bath (in the sink)...if she's relaxed and there's anything inside her, that may help her pass it. Dry her off/blow dry gently...you might use a little vaseline around and just inside her vent (be gentle). Massage her abdomen. That's mostly what folks do for hens that are eggbound, which I doubt your hen is. But it would probably make her feel better, and at least that's a good thing.

    Good luck! Hope your girl is just going through something temporary.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  7. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys!
    Just trying to figure out if she is egg bound or if she has a sour crop...or something entirely different
     
  8. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to give her some oyster shells too
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Did you not read all of the thread? Give her human calcium pills!
     
  10. tbourdon

    tbourdon Out Of The Brooder

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    hope this helps.

    I have a 6 month old bantam faverolles that is a house chicken. I can tell when somethings up with her because I live with her :) SO for the past month or so she's been gavin soft shelled eggs. Weird, so we upped her calcium. Still no luck. Yesterday she was making noises like she needed to lay and egg but never did. Started getting mopey, not eating/drinking, fluffed feathers, sulking head her vent was doing the same puckering like fish lips when a fish is out of water, her eyes were just not responsive to me... like she was looking straight through me. I immediately started researching and came up with egg bound or egg peritonitis.. As far as I felt there was no inflammation or any lumps. Finally she laid a shell less egg, but was still not right. Her poops were runny and had yellow, like the chalky yellow color of a cooked egg yolk. This matched up with egg peritonitis symptoms... maybe an egg had popped and she was pooping yolk. I decided things couldn't wait. Took her to the vet, they ran a culture test and said she has a raging infection at her egg tube opening which causes it to malfunction and not shell eggs. The vet also said that many people misdiagnose this as egg peritonitis or being egg bound. Beep got a big shot of antibiotics and was better last night. If you have an avian vet, I would go. If not, antibiotics could't hurt. I hope this helps! Crazy out of all the hours of internet research i did, nothing was the same answer as the vet gave me. I hope your girls get better.

     

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