Possible egg boung or internal layer

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alaskapalo, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. alaskapalo

    alaskapalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 3 yo BO hen. For two days now she has been very lethargic and on the roost fluffed up. Star did come out tonight when I let them out to free range but only for a few minutes. I went back to check on her again and she is squatting in a nest box. However she is having fine tremors. I looked for lice and nobody had them. [​IMG]

    Diet- still eating and drinking

    Poop- white/ clear, the feathers around her vent are dirty.(This shocks me I have never seen her dirty!)

    Comb- blue but still warm

    Laying- hasn't layed in two days. She is usually constant

    How could I tell between being egg bound and an internal layer? She was not happy when I palpated her abdomen but I did not go very deep. She then went back to the nest box.

    Any ideas? If the is still the same then I will bring her in the house tomorrow.

    Thank you!
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    How's your hen?
     
  4. alaskapalo

    alaskapalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was standing in the nest this morning with her feathers all ruffled up and was looking very tired and lethargic (like she had to take the biggest poop ever). I gave her some food and water, which she excepted.

    I am going to bring her into the house and give her a warm bath. She loves baths (Star is my avatar!)

    I know I have read some treads on what and how to tell if a hen is egg bound and how encourage the egg to pass but I can't find them. [​IMG]
    Any ideas?

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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Please read both of these:
    http://www.avianweb.com/sickbirdcare.html
    http://www.avianweb.com/eggbinding.html
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    She needs to stay in your house or someplace warm.Can you do that for her?
     
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  7. alaskapalo

    alaskapalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is now in the house. I am letting her warm up before her bath. how long should I let her stay in the tub?
     
  8. TurtlePowerTrav

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    I have read on here most do it for 20-30min
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Can you take her temperature? I wouldn't bathe her unless I knew she was warm enough as it could kill her. I'm not sure, but I think that the low end of normal for a chicken is about 102F. Even then I would try the steam option first, just to be safe. I have found that it helps to set the water heater to high, shut all doors/windows and fill the room with steam. Maybe try placing her on a heating pad set to low while in the steam. I have used the steam method with KY Jelly a couple of time with sucess. If you read the links that I posted you'll know how serious this can be.
     
  10. alaskapalo

    alaskapalo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So no egg passed after the bath and I didn't feel one. I blow-dried and gave her some scrambled eggs. I still have her in the house in a warm spot, she has her head buried in her feathers and is sleeping. Very cute.

    While I was inspecting my flock tonight I noted a few of them have pox!!! [​IMG] I can't believe I didn't see it sooner.

    But Star doesn't have the spots on her comb, could she still have symptoms? The others are younger than her so I would assume they would be less symptomatic than her.

    Everyone is getting dusted and I am going to put out some electrolytes for them.

    I have an insulated coop with a light should I put a heater in there to keep them warm till this passes?
     

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