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Someone please help, I don’t know what’s wrong with my chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Grimx18, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Grimx18

    Grimx18 In the Brooder

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    hi, so I recently rescued a battery hen and she’s been fine for the past few months however three days ago I started to notice that she wasn’t being herself it was only slight differences in her normal behaviour but it started to get me worried she wasn’t getting aggressive at the other chickens as she is usually very territorial and she wasn’t eating as much she usually did ( she was still eating though) The next morning she wouldn’t eat she wouldn’t drink and she was fluffed up. The next day she didn’t want to get out of her Hut which was very unusual for her. She walks a few steps and then standstill and tenses but nothing comes out, she hadn’t laid any eggs since she fell ill
    When she’s not tensing she stands up and sleeps or sits down and sleeps she is still drinking though but she refuses to eat and when she poos it’s mainly just white with like a clear slimy jell
    she is still always fluffed up and She looks like she has a massive lumpy ball in her throat I don’t know if that’s normal for chickens as I only recently started caring for them so I’m not a professional, her eyelids are pure white and I’m not sure if that’s normal
    Maggie (my chicken) was the first ever chicken Id ever interacted with and she has become my best friend she’s not like any of the chicken and I would be devastated to see her die someone I’m begging please help before it’s too late currently she is sleeping on my lap and even when I stroke her, her eyes stay close and she fuses to eat and I don’t know what to do somebody help
     
  2. Grimx18

    Grimx18 In the Brooder

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    There’s is a photo of her eyelids and her poo image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     

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  3. Quail_Kid

    Quail_Kid Chirping

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    Infectious Coryza
    You will know that your birds have caught this disease when their heads become swollen. Their eyes will literally swell shut and their combs will swell. ... Once your chickens contract this disease they should be put down.
     
  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    She sounds egg bound.Give her a warm soak, preferrably with epsom salts for 10 to 15 mins. Afterward lube your finger stick it in her vent gently and feel for an egg if she didn't lay in or after the soak and report back.
    You may have to coax an egg out.
     
  5. Quail_Kid

    Quail_Kid Chirping

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    It is possible for a bound egg to be massaged out. This should be done by a vet or an experienced pet owner. Another option is a warm water bath or even a steam room. This can help relax the muscles, which may help the hen pass the egg on its own.
     
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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Probably non of those things OP has on hand, and nobody gets experience without doing. :)
     
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  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    You poo pic looks like there might be egg material in there so there are a couple possibilities.
    When you go looking for a whole egg you possibly could encounter shell and not an entire egg.
    If this is the case, gently remove the shell.
    Her ex battery hen status has done her egg laying bits no justice.
     
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  8. Chef JimmyJ

    Chef JimmyJ Songster

    Post #11, None of the typical signs of Egg Bound...Any votes for Impacted Crop?...JJ

     
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  9. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

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    It looks like she is suffering from the after effects of being a battery hen. Glad you are trying help her. :hugs

    Then again, she could just be egg bound... it wouldn’t hurt to give her a warm epsom salt bath just in case.

    @casportpony might have some thoughts on the poop picture. :fl
     
  10. Grimx18

    Grimx18 In the Brooder

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    I’ve looked everywhere and she hasn’t laid for 3 days I’m not sure if chickens stop laying when there I’ll or if she was egg bound and the egg cracked
     
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