Sick Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alfalahi, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. alfalahi

    alfalahi Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2016
    i have no clue whats wrong with this Hen , no egg binding , she drag her tail on the ground ( look pic #1 )
    she have been sick for 2 months +

    need help

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  2. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2015
    How old is she? Is she thinner than your other birds?
    Do you have a rooster with her, or did you have a rooster with her at the time this started? Did it start suddenly, or gradually? Were there any signs of trauma? Does she have weakness throughout her entire body, or only her backside?
    What is her diet? Have you done any treatments?
    Is she still laying eggs? Does she defecate normally? Is she acting different in any other way?
  3. alfalahi

    alfalahi Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2016
    not sure how old she is but my guess would be 1 year + she is thinner than other hens , yes i have rooster with her all the time , ( 3 hens + rooster ) it just started suddenly , weakness only to her backside , mainly egg layers food and some grains every 3 days or so , i dont think she lay eggs , and yes she defecate normaly
    she cant walk like normal hens , im guessing she got broken back?
    did you check video?
  4. Baygirl

    Baygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2013
    I have a hen that looks like yours. It just started today. Mine get crumbles and organic feed along with fresh veggies. I wish I knew what is going on as well.
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi @alfalahi Welcome To BYC :frow
    Your video doesn't work:(

    From the stance that your hen has, I would suspect that she has an internal laying/reproductive disorder like Egg Yolk Peritonitis or Ascites. If the swelling feels like it has fluid in it, it can sometimes be drained to give some relief. A vet can assist you with the draining or you can try it yourself using an 18guage needle.

    Keep in mind that draining can also cause further infection. Antibiotics are usually not that effective, but can give some relief for a short period of time.

    I'm sorry, but this type of condition worsens over time and the outcome is not positive. There are many threads here on BYC and some videos on youtube about draining a hen that has a "water belly" or Ascites. It's also possible that she has a tumor or cancer, only a vet can possibly take an xray to know for sure.

    If she is suffering, having a hard time breathing and losing weight - after you have tried supportive care - then the best thing you can do for her is to end her suffering.
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  6. alfalahi

    alfalahi Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2016
    thank you Wyorp Rock , i think its Ascites , i will try Draining i guess

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