Sick hen updated please help


10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
Catawba NC
1) What type of bird , age and weight.
Sunshine is a white leghorn about 1 1/2 years old She was purchased from the feed store that goes though Privout

2) What is the behavior, exactly.
Listless not flighty like usual and not laying eggs
her vent looks like she is has a discharge or she is molting she is warm do hens get fevers? and her big floppy comb is pale and droppy

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
not laying for about 3 weeks I thought she was molting

4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
much less than usual

8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Not sure I just began isolation
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Stabilize and cure or cull before she suffers

11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
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sorry. It does sound like a problem with the egg laying machinery. You could try a warm soak. There are some good threads on the FAQ page about eggbound, internal laying, etc. She's sure the right age for a major moult, though. Let's hope she is just having a rough time with moulting.
She is worse today. Standing not drinking much. Some discharge or fecal matter near the vent and on feathers around that area.
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i have read you put a egg bound hen in a wire floor cage and have a pan of hot water under the cage. the steam from the water helps to loosen the egg. this is worth a try but i dont think a chicken who is egg bound would have it for 3 weeks
update she is not sitting like a penguin. She has fecal matter that looks like an raw egg slightly scrambled and with a bit of greenish to it. She eats little and drinks little walks like she is old She is skin and bone Do chickens get fevers. I went on the egg bound symtoms thread and does not sound like that No
other hens are sick
I don't think I'd get too set on her being egg bound, especially if you haven't been able to feel any blockage. She may just be having complications from a severe molt. When they get run down from a bad molt they are more vulnerable to other things like cocci (not common in adult birds, but I've seen it during a severe molt) or more likely worms or mites/lice.

Try offering her some scrambled egg and if she won't eat that give her some good quality wet cat food. Both are high in protien and will hopefully get her started eating again. You can also put a couple of drops of poly-visol on the side of her beak a couple of times a day. Give her a good going over to make sure she doesn't have any little blood suckers crawling around on her and either take a fecal sample into the vet to test for worms or just worm her. Continue with the supportive care. I've found that they do better if they have a friend with them so if you have the room and have another hen that she's buddies with and that won't pick on her you could try that too. Hope she gets better soon!
either take a fecal sample into the vet to test for worms or just worm her.


If she has never been wormed or at least not recently, worming would be near the top of my list of things to try. The weight loss and poop description along with the way she is acting would make me think worms.​

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