Sick hen with clear poo, lethargic,...sudden onset.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Up-the-Creek, May 21, 2011.

  1. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    I just noticed this a few minutes ago. I have searched for answers and have found nothing. Ruby is a two year old EE, was fine up until a little bit ago,..she has just come out of molt and is not laying yet either. She is drinking lots of water and has clear watery poo and seems to be passing water from her beak,..no discharge anywhere and breathing seems normal. What could this be,..please help and thanks in advance. :-(
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Anyone have an idea???
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    How is her crop?
     
  4. SAHMof2

    SAHMof2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Marking!

    I just ran in the house to post about water shooting from my hens vent and lethargy. Two of the 8 are acting poorly. I tried to isolate them and give them honey, yogurt, yolk and oats but they were not interested at all and just wanted to be back with the others. They are drinking water but moving very slowing and laying down often.

    They were fine last night when I put them to bed.

    Good luck to you.
     
  5. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Her crop is soft. She isn't doing nothing but drinking water and shooting water out her rearend, and when she drinks she puts her head down and the water comes back up, like throwing up. Maybe she has an obstruction?
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    That's what I am thinking. You could try a laxative flush, but if it can't go through then it will probably be of limited use. Here's the recipe anyways-

    LAXATIVE SOLUTIONS

    The following solutions or mixtures are recommended to flush the digestive system of toxic substances, most notably for treating birds exposed to botulism toxins.

    Molasses Solution

    Add one pint of molasses to 5 gallons of water

    Offer the drinking solution free-choice to the affected birds for about four hours. Treat severely affected birds individually if they cannot drink. Return the birds to regular water after the treatment period.

    As a supportive treatment for symptoms resulting from Cryptosporidia infection, often referred to as coronaviral enteritis, use:

    One quart molasses in 20 gallons of water

    Offer this solution free-choice for a period of up to 7-10 days. It is assumed that the molasses replaces certain minerals lost from diarrhea during the course of the infection.

    Epsom Salt Solution

    1 lb Epsom Salt per 15 lb feed
    -or-
    1 lb Epsom Salt per 5 gallons water for 1 day

    Give the epson salt feed mixture as the sole feed source for a one day period. This feed can be used only if the birds are eating. If the birds are not eating, use the water solution. If the birds are unable to eat or drink by themselves, use individual treatment with:

    1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt in 1 fl oz water

    Place the solution in the crop of the affected bird. This same amount of solution will treat 5-8 quail or one chicken.

    Castor Oil Therapy

    Dose individual birds with .5 oz castor oil.

    Unfortunately, if she has an obstruction somewhere other than the crop it will either break down on it's own or not. If not, then she will likely pass as a result. So sorry you are both going through this.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    After all this,..she finally passed her obstruction,...an egg. She seems to be feeling better,....[​IMG]



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  8. SAHMof2

    SAHMof2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I am so glad for both of you! Did you ever end up giving her anything or doing anything?

    My two seem better today too. I gave them some molasses but who knows.

    Have a wonderful day.
     
  9. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Thanks SAHMof2,...the hen is doing fine as of now. She still has not laid another egg,..so we may have another problem. I really hope not though. I hope yours is doing better now also. [​IMG]
     

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