Sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Giraffe2112, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Giraffe2112

    Giraffe2112 Hatching

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    Went to let my girls out this am, found one just clinging to the roost bar, I pulled her off and set her down she was unable to stand. I immediately brought her in, we felt an egg, assumed she was egg bound and gave her a warm Epsom salt soak. She passed the whole egg but didn’t really recover. She was very lethargic, closing her eyes, not holding her head up. I gave her a heating pad, some towels, electrolyte water and put her in the bathroom. This afternoon she has perked up considerably but seems to be very weak, she makes attempts to stand and then sits back down. I was looking at her vent, it looks normal, then I found some poop under her. It was weird looking, dark green with some yellow. She was literally perfect yesterday- laid first thing like always, was wandering around like always eating, drinking. They get layer pellets and oyster shell and treats only occasionally. Any ideas on how to procede next?
     

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  2. AGirlAndHerChickens03

    AGirlAndHerChickens03 Chirping

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    How is your girl doing now?
     
  3. Giraffe2112

    Giraffe2112 Hatching

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    She seems to be recovered, I did water with electrolytes in a dropper and a heating pad on and off throughout the day and night. It took her quite a bit of time but as of yesterday she was walking on her own again and eating. I took her to a vet for a quick checkup and he said she was fine. Thanks for asking :) she’s back to eating normally and doing her chicken stuff. Hasn’t laid today, not concerned really about getting an egg I just don’t want her to bind again. I hope she takes a short break
     
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  4. AGirlAndHerChickens03

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    Good to hear she is doing well. Sometimes it takes a little time for them to recoup after a hard Egg Binding. Eggs may be absent for a little while since she was sick. Chickens will normally go off laying if they are or were sick. Is she a Rhode Island Red by chance?
     
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  5. Giraffe2112

    Giraffe2112 Hatching

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    She’s a cross between the Rhode Island Red and white leghorn
     
  6. AGirlAndHerChickens03

    AGirlAndHerChickens03 Chirping

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    Rhode Island Reds are prone to egg binding. The two chickens I've lost to it were RIRs and all the other egg binding cases I've seen are of RIRs.
     
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  7. Giraffe2112

    Giraffe2112 Hatching

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    I lost one in August to the same thing, I wasn’t home to help her :(
     
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  8. AGirlAndHerChickens03

    AGirlAndHerChickens03 Chirping

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    That's the saddest part is not being able to do anything. I lost my two RIRs two days apart to egg binding.
     
  9. Giraffe2112

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    I’m so sorry!! I was very hopeful when she passed the egg, but then she just seemed to get very sick. I wasn’t sure she’d make it through the night.
     
  10. AGirlAndHerChickens03

    AGirlAndHerChickens03 Chirping

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    My one girl had egg binding twice. I saved her the first time. She passed her egg and we kept her separated for a while until she was acting normal again.
     

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