Sick EE! What could be wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bawkbawkbawk, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Two-year-old EE (the sweetest and friendliest girl) [​IMG] stopped laying several weeks ago - got some wind eggs from her for a few weeks but nothing in the last two weeks. She seemed otherwise normal until yesterday when I noticed she was moving slowly. I don't think she ate anything last night or this morning and would not eat scratch from my hand, which is unheard of!

    She didn't want to come out of the coop this morning and when I brought her out she just stayed put in the spot where I put her.

    Dropped her off at the vet; they say there is definitely something wrong but they don't know what. I will assume they are ruling out infectious disease and anything obvious upon examination if they don't have a clue what's wrong. They have decided to keep her for the weekend so they can give her IV nutrition. This does not sound good. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be?

    She free-ranges but we long ago told our gardeners and pest control people that they can't use anything toxic to animals in our yard. I have one other hen who is currently mothering five new baby chicks - the broody and the chicks are all fine, although they are confined to the pen and coop so if she got into something they would not have been exposed.

    The broody has been pecking at the EE a bit to keep her away from her chicks this past week, but I can't imagine that this would cause the EE to stop eating and moving.[​IMG]

    One other relevant fact: I have lost two others of the initial flock of four, all of which came from the feed store via Belt Hatchery. One - a Delaware- keeled over dead at about 6 mos - was fine in the am and found her dead in the afternoon. The vet receptionist just mentioned that it could have been "egg stroke", which I've never heard of. The other, a Light Brahma, died eight months ago after a month of going downhill - not moving being the main presenting symptom. The vet never really figured out what was wrong with her; she surmised it might have been a spinal cord injury, which seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

    I'm sorry this is so long. This is my favorite of all my chickens. Our family will be devastated if we lose her. [​IMG] Yes, I will ask for a necropsy in that event.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:I'm sorry your hen is not feeling well, Has you vet checked for being egg bound or laying internally? I hope she can find out whats going on and fix it. please let us know what you find out.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  4. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks to you both for the responses. When I first called the vet the receptionist suspected that she might be eggbound so I have to assume that was one of the first things they checked for.

    When she was so slow to come to the coop last night I noticed her slow gait and she was walking kind of side to side as if it might be painful. I palpated her abdomen, not that I knew what to feel for but I've read some threads about hens being eggbound so I knew that was something I should check for. I didn't feel anything hard or otherwise. However, she did protest when I pressed on the area, but she might just not have liked me messing with her.

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