Puzzled, PLEASE HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WoofMeowCluck, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. WoofMeowCluck

    WoofMeowCluck Dark Speckled Egg Lover

    Mar 9, 2010
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    5.5 month old Blue Copper Marans. Good weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Just noticed her standing out in the yard, not moving, not eating, not helping other chickens tear up the gardens. Standing still, not eating.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    Just noticed it late this morning.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Nothing today, her crop is empty. I can't see or feel anything stuck in her throat either. Normal feed is Layena, ACV in water daily, waterer cleaned twice daily. Food is dry and clean, some BOSS a couple times a week, also give yogurt or kefir couple times a week, left over veggies and fruit.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    She hasn't pooped since I brought her in this morning, but her crop is empty. Other chickens have normal poop.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Since she just started to lay last week I thought maybe she was egg bound, so I soaked her in warm water, explored with gloved hand and can find nothing. Dried her off and have her in a dog crate with heat lamp on, gave a dose of Tylan because it is the only antibiotic I have on hand. Later force fed her 3 ml's of a watery mix of yogurt and oatmeal.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    If there were a vet in the area that treated chickens I'd take her there in a heart beat. (know of any vets between Akron, OH and Zanesville, OH that treat chciekns???) In the mean time I will keep doinging what I am and wait for more experienced answers from this forum or recommendation of a Vet, Please Help!!!!!!!!!
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    Checked her head to toe, no wounds, bugs, redness or swelling anywhere. They were all wormed with Valzabine about 6 weeks ago.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Clean freak, poop boards cleaned daily, waterers cleaned twice daily, bedding is pine shavings, coop is completely dry and clean, draft proof with proper ventilation. All chickens are given a "check up" a couple times a week when they go to roost so I can check for boo-boos, bugs, anything that might be wrong.
    Right now she is in the garage in a dog crate with a heat lamp, light in garage is off. Thank you for any suggestions, I am so worried about her!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Strange... can she see?
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    If you give her something yummy, will she eat it? Corn niblets, mealworms, something they will never turn down?
  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    I know this is not much of an answer, but one of my girls, who is also new to laying, exhibited the same symptoms... actually twice now. and both times I freaked out and tried to give her olive oil, massage her crop, checked her vent, lice, mites... went through it all. Both times I discovered she had layed a paper thin egg on the ground hours after showing these symptoms. once under the roost (I assume it popped out at night) and once in front of me. It may just be as simple as that... new layers often take a little while to get into the natural rythm.

    I would hold off on doing anything else right now and see how she's doing tommorow. Once my girl passed the eggs she was back to her spritey self!
    Good luck!
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    My first thought was she's having trouble laying. Since she just started laying last week and if she hasnt laid an egg the past couple of days or longer, I would bet that is the problem. I recommend continuing with the warm water soaks and massages. It'll take her time to adjust to the new process of egg laying. It should work itself out after a few more eggs are laid.
  6. WoofMeowCluck

    WoofMeowCluck Dark Speckled Egg Lover

    Mar 9, 2010
    She finally pooped, it was normal looking. She still won't eat, I tried meal worms, BOSS, grated apples, mashed hard boiled egg. Her crop is empty. Should I continure to force feed her a few ml's of very soupy food?

    I'm guessing I should keep the light on in the garage so if it's an egg laying problem then she'll lay? Yes, she can see, move around, isnt unsteady on her feet at all.

    She continues to stay close to the heat lamp. It's been rainy for the past 3 days and temps in the 40's. The other chickens run around in the rain and aren't bothered by it or the low temps.

    Thank you all for replying!!!! I'm so worried about her!!!!

  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I'm really not sure, but I hope for the best.. Please keep us informed! [​IMG]
  8. swamy

    swamy Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2011
    New layers go through big changes both physically and in their behavior. We had a RIR identical to what you describe....after 24 hours she was fine. Just became very approachable compared to her younger days. Watch close for other serious symptoms. Otherwise, sounds like something that will work itself out when she gets more regular.
  9. chickyboomboom

    chickyboomboom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Curious to see how she's doing? My little hen has similar symptoms... But is also panting... Any change in your girl's condition?
  10. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    If your hen is panting she is likely hot and thirsty!! hen become listless when real hot or cold. panting is how you can tell she is hot.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011

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