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Stiff hen that squeaks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by coppertop2014, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who's breast is stiff and she squeaks instead of "Buaking" her poop is okay and she is free range. Just wondering if this is dangerous?
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    What do you mean by stiff breast? Really need more info on that.

    The squeaking is not an awfully good sign, chances are in this case it's related to her stiff breast, but hard to hazard a guess without knowing what exactly a stiff breast is. Are the muscles in spasm? Are you referring to her crop being hard and packed?

    Best wishes.
     
  3. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can feel it and the whole breast is hard and paced in.
     
  4. BeanHen

    BeanHen Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know much, but could it be impacted crop?
     
  5. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No we have had that before.:(
     
  6. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    So, the pectoral muscles themselves are really hardened, I take it? I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by the last bit. 'Packed in'?

    Generally if there is some disorder causing such tightening of the muscles, there are a few suspects. Any recent injuries could have given her some variety of tetanus; some of those bacterium can be long-incubating so it may not even have occurred with a recent injury. Only some will cause life-threatening spasms. I had a bout of mild tetany that went for a few weeks nonstop, not that uncommon.

    Another alternative would be poisoning. Can't recommend much for that without knowing what did it except perhaps abundant calcium magnesium supplementation, and/or vitamin C megadose (1000mgs is a megadose generally, enough to help many health issues including destroying toxins, but won't harm the chook, though I wouldn't use anything with artificial sweeteners or sugar added). It may give her temporarily sloppy poops, at worst.

    Is she acting a certain way or doing anything abnormal?

    Best wishes.
     
  7. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No she acts normal
     
  8. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah well, would need more info to be able to guesstimate or offer any suggestions. Maybe your vet can wring more information out of the situation.

    Best wishes.
     

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