Poor Nutmeg is sick.....need help w/ diagnosis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meriruka, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Yesterday I noticed my 2 yr old Red Star was hunched and fluffed up. I brought her inside and have been giving her layer feed and water with Avia charge. Her poo is green and 'cheesy' looking. Her crop feels fine and her abdomen is firm but gives when you press on it. She feels a little thin, but is eating and drinking. Her eyes are clear and she is not sneezing or coughing.
    There are no vets that will see chickens in my area, so I have to do what I can for her here.

    It seems the poo is the only real clue. Doesn't the green color mean she is not processing her food correctly?

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks,
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Bright flourescent green means she's not getting any nutrition.
    Olive green is okay.

    Any other symptoms?
  3. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    It's fluorescent green, it's actually turning the bedding green. (I wasn't sure if the Aviacharge had something to do with it or not).

    So no nutrition means a blockage of some sort? Can anything be done for it?

    Edited to say: No other symptoms other than she's ruffled & hunched, but I think that just means "I'm not feeling good".
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2008
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Is she laying? I'm presiding over the death of my fourth bird this year. Same symptoms as yours, but mine are laying internally, with egg material building up in their oviducts. I just happen to know what is killing them because we necropsied the first three girls. If you look at my Internal Layers thread in this section, you'll see what I mean.
    BTW, mine are all almost 3 years old, that I'm losing. It started with the first girl when she was just over 2 yrs old. And I do have a Nutmeg myself, but I call her Meg.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2008
  5. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Speckled, I'm ashamed to say I don't know if she's been laying lately. I've got 5 other Red Stars, and since it started getting colder I've been getting about 3/day, and the eggs all look alike so I can't tell if any of them are hers. She's been in the house about 24 hours now. No eggs yet, but now I can watch her and see.
    I'm sorry you are losing hens to internal laying, it must be hard to watch and know it can't be fixed.
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    [​IMG] to both of you and hopes that your girls get better...

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