screeching pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TimG, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. TimG

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    Hi,

    I have a 20 week old Freedom Ranger pullet that is screeching tonight, the noise is more screechy and high pitched than normal chicken noises, in fact I was doubtful that the noise was coming from the coop when my daughter asked me about it.

    I went out to take a look and one of my pullets seems to be in some distress. She makes soft cooing type noises followed by sort of a gulp of air. Every-so-often she lets out a screech.

    Although she has some crap stuck to fluff feathers, her vent is clear. I felt around the vent as best I could, squeezed the soft parts, and was not able to feel any obstruction -- no egg nearly out sort of thing. While I was examining things, she definitely flexed some muscles around the vent like she might be trying to push something out.

    I have seven Ranger pullets, at least one of which started laying eggs at 15 weeks. I tend to think that they have all laid their first eggs by now, but this girl could be behind the rest and be having trouble with her first.

    I don't mean to sound callous, but I'm going to let her work through this on her own overnight and hope that everything is better in the morning. I half expect to find her dead in the morning, but if she's still alive and in distress in the morning, I'd like to know what I might do to help her.

    Thanks,
    Tim
     

  2. McGoo

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    What happened? Did she survive?
     
  3. TimG

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    She's still alive, screeching less often, still gulping/panting.

    Someone suggested privately that she might have a cold. I suppose if that's the case I should isolate her.
     
  4. TimG

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    No change...
     
  5. Dora'smom

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    A warm bath in a bucket or tote, might help her relax those muscles to let the egg pass. It sounds like she's really in distress. I would probably give her a drink of vitamins and electrolytes, or a few drops of poly-vi-sol without iron, if you have it. She's been going at it a long time, and is probably using up her energy. I would step in and help her as best I could.
     

  6. TimG

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    Warm bath in the morning. Though that could just add to the stress.
     
  7. TimG

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    Her head was drooped to the ground this morning, so I thought she was a goner for sure. I decided a bath would likely be more stressful than helpful. But, next time I went out to check up on her, she had moved from out in the run to inside. And, last I checked she was out in the yard, or at least wasn't to be found in the coop or run. Don't know if that means a sudden recovery or a last bit of energy before expiring.
     
  8. Afrochicken

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    i heard vegatable oil helps chickens with hard-to-lay eggs
     
  9. TimG

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    Quote:In which end?
     

  10. sunflowerenvy

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    tim,
    i am sorry to tell you but u are a man, you dont understand the females body

    to make us women to feel better we go relax in a warm bath. it help move us down here , yes give her some olive oil in her food and in her vent. but please give her a warm bath now.
    laura
     

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