Sick Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Quashes, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Quashes

    Quashes New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,
    I have a sick chicken and need some help. A few days ago we noticed that one of our girls didn't go into the coop to roost at night. My husband went out the next day and picked her up and put her in the coop. She was eating and drinking just fine. She is walking weird...almost upright. I picked her up and felt a hard mass in her underbelly. We thought maybe she was egg bound so we googled what to do and put her in a warm bath, oiled her vent and felt for an egg but found nothing. She was getting picked on pretty badly last night by the other hens every time she would go to the feeder so my husband put her in a large box and brought her into the house in one of our bathrooms. She's still eating and drinking fine but her comb is turning black (not sure if that's from being pecked) and I'm not sure what's wrong. We've given her Merial Cordid in her drinking water for parasites.

    I would really appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. How old is she? Many hens can get reproductive disorders after they are 2-3 years old, and some even younger. Walking upright, like a penguin, or lying down a lot can be a sign of egg yolk peritonitis, internal laying, ascites, or even reproductive cancer. Ascites is fluid in the belly from heart or liver failure, and sometimes is associated with the other problems listed. This can cause a swollen spongy or hard abdomen, and rapid breathing. The dark comb may be because she isn't getting adequate oxygen from these or other problems. Sometimes draining off ascites fluid periodically, or giving antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, or baytril may help treat infection, and give them some time. A vet may be of help if that is possible. Here is some reading on EYP and internal laying:
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis
     
  3. Quashes

    Quashes New Egg

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    She is about 2 1/2-3 years old. We got all of our "girls" (as I call them) from here. They for the most part have been healthy and good. We lost a couple last year due to a virus or parasite. I will have my husband call the vet tomorrow and get her in to see what they think. Thank you so much!
     

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