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sick chicken Help please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mygardengirl, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. mygardengirl

    mygardengirl New Egg

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    My hens comb is pale ...she has a poopy bum (I have cleaned her twice) .... I took her in last night and noticed she was passed a yellow clump that looked like a hard boiled egg yolk and has yellow poo....she has been drinking water and I have been feeding her yogurt and rice .Tonight I put her in a warm bath and messaged her abdomen . What next?Any Ideas.
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Any sign of broken egg shell?
     
  3. mygardengirl

    mygardengirl New Egg

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    No egg shells.
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It sounds like she might need to be wormed.
     
  5. mygardengirl

    mygardengirl New Egg

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    I can understand the worming because of the yellow poop ... but what about the egg yolk chunks? Thank you for the help.
     
  6. mygardengirl

    mygardengirl New Egg

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    I just took her to the vet felt crazy but I hope it will help me understand what is needed and why..... for the future. I am not a vegetarian and would never spend $75 on a chicken . There is a first time for everything.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    What did the vet say? Sounds like she may have an infection from laying internally or a broken egg inside.
    JJ

    Edited to say p.s. There is NOTHING crazy about helping a being that isn't feeling well.
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  8. mygardengirl

    mygardengirl New Egg

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    yes an infection...peritonitis of the egg yolks that are stored in the body....the vet said nothing could be done .... it would have cost $100 to have her put down ....crazy ....I brought her home thinking maybe someone with real chicken knowledge might have another idea .... my son said we could buy a flock for what it cost .... he is 7 .... so any ideas let me know ... other wise we will let her live out her time .... thanks Nn
     
  9. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    How did the vet make his/her determination?

    I had a wonderful hen Betty with this problem. For a while antibiotics and anti-inflammatories helped her enjoy life. She would bounce back after a round of this stuff. Eventually they didn't work and she declined. I kept trying to find help for her but she got very weak despite employing different protocols. She and her roo friend were so bonded, so totally head over heels for each other that I was willing to try anything to save her for him. He never left her side and he worried for her terribly. Eventually had a hysterectomy done on her but sadly she died 2 hours after surgery, even though afterward the vet said she was standing and awake. Many birds do well after this procedure. Betty had too much infection - the vet said her body was literally festering with rotten eggs. So sad what happens to hens with this problem. If Betty had had this procedure early on she probably would have been fine but x-rays taken earlier on did not reveal the problem so we were thrown off. In retrospect, I think she must really have been suffering once her comb went pale and she laid around all day - tried different protocols during this time including from U of PA but to no avail. I was and still am very sad that she died alone in the hospital without her buddy roo. I wish they would have let him be with her in the cage - I asked and they said no. She was terrified of the vets and he would have been such a comfort to her. I would not have wanted her to die even more slowly at home but I am haunted by the fact that she died alone and scared. Sorry to provide a less than optimistic note but in case it helps inform....
    JJ
     

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