sick hen (end of the road for her?)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1 Happy Hen, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. 1 Happy Hen

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    I noticed yesterday that my hen's feathers were ruffled, wings hanging down, poopy bottom, just not feeling well. I brought her inside to inspect her and noticed that she has lost quite a bit of weight. I put her in my laundry room where she could be warm and put vitamins in her water. She would not drink but ate a little. This morning I noticed that the towel she had been laying on has green runny poo. She is breathing o k, not rattling or anything. No swollen face or wattles, no mucus.

    I got her a few years back and she was already laying eggs. I don't know how old she is, but she looks pretty up in age. She molted a few months back and just seemed to go down hill little by little. I thought maybe she was just getting to be an old lady, but up until yesterday I'm not sure.

    Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with her? No other ones in the flock are sick. I'd really hate to cull but I don't like seeing her like this. She's just wasting away.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. 1 Happy Hen

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    Anyone? please help!
     
  3. Irishgirl

    Irishgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm really sorry.[​IMG] I'm new to chickens and have no idea what this could be. Maybe Google knows?
     
  4. Suzie

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    She may have an egg inside her that she is having problems in passing.... it may be a good idea to bathe her in warm water and feel her underside to ascertain if this may be her problem. After her bath keep her somewhere warm and maybe use a hairdryer on her to help dry her.
     
  5. 1 Happy Hen

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    I think you may be right. Earlier this afternoon when I went to give her a few drops of pepto and a shot of penicillin I felt around on her lower belly by her vent and green poop oozed out. her abdomen is very bloated but soft. I am going to set her in warm water and see if it helps. Thank you!
     
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  6. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Keep us informed! There are many people here on the site that can guide you further if she is indeed having problems in passing an egg.

    Good luck

    Suzie
     
  7. 1 Happy Hen

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    I set her in warm water for about 20 min. She didn't try to bear down or anything. Nothing came out. I can't feel anything hard in her abdomen, it feels like alot of fluid.She's getting weaker and kind of sways when she's standing, but won't lay down. She did finally drink a little water and ate a little. Hopefully by morning she will be feeling better. I hate seeing any of my animals sick or in pain.
     
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  8. BantyChickenLuv

    BantyChickenLuv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that I got last weekend that has the same symptoms... Green poo, eating, but not drinking. Mine just lays in a corner and sleeps. Please keep us posted...
     
  9. 1 Happy Hen

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    Did my usual rounds this morning with the flock. No other ones sick. Went to check on sick one and she was wandering around the laundry room. She had jumped out of the laundry basket that I had put her in last night. She seems to feel a little better. Her poo is not so runny today. It is still green but has white in it now. I gave her .75 ml injection penicillin g yesterday and will probably give same this afternoon. Was wondering if anyone thinks that is a good idea, and if yes is the dose ok? She is a pretty big hen. She used to be about 7 1/2 lbs but she's a little less now.

    I can tell she's still feeling crummy. She keeps her eyes shut most of the time and just stands with her head either tucked under her wing on her back like a duck or crouched close to her body. She's not trying to pass an egg or anything but I am still going to put her in a warm bath. Can't hurt, at least it gives me a chance to clean the poo from around her vent feathers. Plus she doesn't seem to mind the water.
     
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  10. 1 Happy Hen

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    I just checked on the sick hen and her comb is getting a little purple. also her wattles are light pink but at the ends they are a pale yellow.No swelling of any kind anywhere. She seems to be breathing a little harder now. Could this be some sort of disease?
     
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