sick hen what can this be?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chopchop, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. chopchop

    chopchop New Egg

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    My 18 month old hen has gained a large amont of weight to the point of waddling like a duck & has not layed a egg in almost 2 months I picked her up & noticed her vent area is swollen no feathers & feels feverish. I'm very concerned none of the other hen have any of these symptoms .does anyone have any ideas of what this could be ? She still has a appetite & drinks a lot of water . Think could be worms or vent blockage?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    She may be an internal layer, which there isn't too much you can do except make her comfortable.
    Look in the search on top.
     
  3. chopchop

    chopchop New Egg

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    If this is this is her problem there is no way to help her get better ? Shelley started out laying eggs fine what would cause her to stop . Never heard of this but only had my babies for 19 months. Is there someplace I can read more about this problem . Shelley now nicknamed miss waddles has even befriended my hubby,it will break our hearts if we loose her now . So any suggestions to help her will be greatly appreciated!!![​IMG]
     
  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:This info might help you. I copied it from another site.

    Separate her.
    Plan on keeping her separated from the other hens for a couple days so that
    you will know if she passes an egg, what condition the egg is in (although a
    broken egg will often be eaten right away) and so that the other hens do not
    peck at her vent if she has egg yolk or blood in the area.
    Examine her externally.
    Examine her by gently feeling her belly from the outside. Can you feel a hard
    egg? If so, you
    can give her a warm bath (see instructions below) and massage her belly
    towards her vent to help move the egg out.
    Examine her internally.
    Now, I can understand that you might not feel that you know your hen well
    enough to check inside her vent for an egg or shell pieces, but it really
    might be necessary. You could put on a pair of surgical gloves if that makes
    you feel better and put some
    vasoline or mineral oil on your finger and then just gently feel around inside
    her vent to see if you can feel a hard egg or sharp shell pieces.
    This will not only give you an idea of what might be going on, but it will
    also apply some lubricant where it might do some good if there is an egg stuck
    in there. If you feel any broken pieces of shell, see if you can carefully
    slip them out without cutting her.
    Unfortunately, they sometimes get twisted inside and it becomes impossible for
    the egg to come out without surgery, or it causes the reproductive tract to
    prolapse (invert itself outside of the vent). If that happens then you need to
    gently push the prolapsed part back inside and hope it stays, but often that be
    comes chronic and requires culling.

    Giving a chicken a massage bath:
    You can use rubbermaid tote, a baby bath, a 5 gallon bucket or an old dishpan
    for the bath. I use the sink on my back porch or the laundry sink. (Some folks
    use their kitchen sink but I dont suggest that for sanitary reasons... )
    Check the water temperature the same as you would for the baby, good and
    warm but not hot.
    Lower her gently in the water. It should come up to her back. Keep your hand
    over her back to prevent sudden escape attempts and to keep her from losing her
    footing and panicking. Either one will result in her flapping her wings and
    you will get soaked.
    Massage her belly gently moving in the direction of her vent. She should
    relax in the warm water. Some birds even fall asleep.
    Getting her dry.
    After the bath, wrap her in an old towel and put her under a warm lamp or
    inside the house to keep her warm. Keep her wrapped in the towel for at least
    15 minutes, or longer, to absorb as much of the water from her feathers as
    possible. Then move her to a rubbermaid tote or a dog/cat carrier with a lot
    of shavings to help dry her. Again, keep her inside until she is dry, it
    will take overnight, and she needs to be in a warm place. It takes a long
    time for them to get dry all the way to the skin unless you want to speed the
    process with a hair drier. Amazingly, after the first minute or two, they

    dont seem to mind the hair drier. Just be sure to frequently use your other
    hand, between the hair drier and the bird, to be sure that it isnt too hot.
     
  5. chopchop

    chopchop New Egg

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    Well I'm ready to try anything to save my girl ! It's funny she was the first hen to bite me when is check for eggs under her left bruises & blood at times but now she's my fav! I hope this will help her . Thanks for the info , I'll post what the results end up being .
     
  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I pray she makes it!
     

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