Strange behavior

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by urbanfarmer101, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. urbanfarmer101

    urbanfarmer101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a 3yo EE. She is keeping to herself, not even hanging with her best buddy. She has her neck scrunched down into her "shoulders" and walks like she is stiff legged. She is still wandering/free ranging all over my large yard. She will run if I try to catch her. (Typical behavior) I picked her up the other day and she barely weighs anything. I have seen her scratching in the garden and eating scraps from the compost pile. I have seen her at the feeder and she always shows up for treats. She was a great layer until her last molt in October. She hasn't laid an egg since. Her comb is still not bright red.

    I had a hen die a month ago. There were similar symptoms with the exception of very stinky poo and a lot of it stuck to her rear. At the time, I thought she was egg bound. She had never laid an egg in her entire 3 years.

    Anyway, now I am wondering if there is some weird thing going through my coop. My other 6 birds are all fine. I checked them out thoroughly.


    Symptoms:

    Walks stiff legged with the legs a bit wider apart than usual
    Sleeps in about 1 hour after the others leave the coop
    Is the first one to go to bed
    Has some poo collected on the rear
    Scrunches head down into her "shoulders"
    Is anti-social
    Not eating or drinking as well
    Lost weight
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What does her abdomen feel like? Have you checked to see if she is egg bound?
    You may want to separate her with her own food and water so you can monitor her intake.
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

    Could also be worms if she hasn't been wormed.
    Valbazen 1/2 ml orally and then repeated in 10 days for each chicken or Fenbendazole (Safeguard, Panacur) is at 1/4 ml per pound for 5 days in a row.
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/11/control-treatment-of-worms-in-chickens.html
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-worming.html
    https://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/worming-chickens/
     
  3. urbanfarmer101

    urbanfarmer101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is not egg bound.
    Is it ok to worm her even though she is feeling punky?
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You could take a fecal sample to your vet and have them check it for worms.
    If worms are the cause of her decline (feeling punky), IMO worming would be the best course of action in returning her to health.
     
  5. urbanfarmer101

    urbanfarmer101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. I will pick up some wormer today. I gave her some yogurt and grapes yesterday. Today she seems to be feeling better.
     

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