Possibly sick hen, what does she have??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by freerangefowl, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. freerangefowl

    freerangefowl Hatching

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    Help me out please, 2.5 year old black Cochin hen that is the leading lady of this all girl flock,never much of a layer tho. She's normally a fat sassy lady but has been uninterested in food (even the treats), lethargic, isolated, pale comb, crop full of water but no soild food (my mate grabbed a bag of loose scratch instead of their normal pellets), she has a lightley dirty bottom (not blocking just noticable on her black feathers). She's been acting off for two weeks but today free-rangeing she's just standing in one spot starting at nothing looking unhappy. What's wrong? Ideas? 25year chicken hobbiest.
     
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

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    sounds like crop issues.
     
  3. freerangefowl

    freerangefowl Hatching

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    Any advice? I'm about to put her in the indoor isolation pen now that's she pale
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hey there freerangefowl Welcome to BYC! It is sad that the circumstances in which you join us are not good.

    There are people far more experienced on what ails chickens than myself and hopefully they will also chime in, but I am leaning towards a crop issue also going on the crop full of water. However, take that symptom out and it could unfortunately be a range of things.

    I do not think it sounds like impacted crop as the crop would be full and firm. However, it could be sour crop and this is a good article on both of those issues:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

    I would also rule out external and internal parasites; lice, mites and worms.
     
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  5. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

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    i haven't dealt with this before so i really don't know. I'd seperate her from the rest of the flock and wait for advice from someone other than me. Sorry.
     
  6. freerangefowl

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    She's in isolation and indoors where it's warms (36deg outside, still slightly chilly for sick hen in the insolated hen house) guess I'll see if the fluid is still on her crop tomorrow an decide on inducing vomiting. Thank you for your help and article.
     

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