Sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bg, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. bg

    bg Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I examine my hen to see what is wrong with her. What should I look for . She is molting and has been slow for the last two weeks leaving the coup . Then she stop leaving and stayed on her perch all day. We have to bring food for her to eat and drink. I have added apple cider vinegar to her water but her crop is watery. What else should I look for and how can I get her back on her feet and moving again.She did come out today, but couldn't get herself back into the coup. She is weak and tired a lot. No fever that I can tell of. She does eat.
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    [​IMG] How old is she? is she laying eggs? I might venture to guess egbound? IDK, hard to say...
     
  3. bg

    bg Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure how old she is. We bought her from a person who passed away. We call her big mama because she laid such wonderful large eggs. She is a big beige hen.She must be at least 2 years old. We have 5 other hens different types but they are fine and the rooster. She laid a egg three days ago but not since. But I figure the heat has been so bad that she may not be laying very much . The other hens are not laying either. Would yougart help her?Should How can I tell if there is a egg stuck. My husband said the rooster was a little off for a few days too. I think she may have eaten some whole wheat, could that have caused this problem?
     
  4. bg

    bg Out Of The Brooder

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    What is IDK? What should I do for that?
     
  5. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:Lol, sorry, it means I don't know. [​IMG]
    Is it possible she (they ) might have gotten into some mouldy food? What does her butt area look like. There is a thing called vent gleet.
     
  6. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could she be crop bound? that is have grass or straw or feathers tangled into a ball in her crop? Maybe she ate some of her feathers that were falling out. What does her comb look like?
     
  7. bg

    bg Out Of The Brooder

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    Its night over here, she is asleep, we spent a hour looking for her. She hide under the coup and by the time we found her it was almost dark. I will check tomarrow and see if she has a egg stuck, and I will check her comb to see the color and the shape. I read somewhere that yougart might help, I have some good greek yougart and will try to get her to eat some tomarrow morning. The vinegar always helped when they got into something that didn't sit well in the gut , this time it isn't working. Thank you so very much for your time and infomation. It is all very good and if it is a egg, will try the warm bath and maybe some olive oil up the rear. Love big mama, she has always been a happy chicken and not sure if the whole wheat could effect the hens like that. Could that have been the cause?
     
  8. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck! If that isn't it (an egg stuck), I would definitely check her crop though. If she is are crop-bound bad, it will make her comb pale, make her lethargic, and usually they will either not poop or it will be watery. Good luck!
     

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