t Sick Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by merry hens, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. merry hens

    merry hens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    My leghorn hen has extremely foul smelling poop pasted on her vent as well as some blood and seems to be constipated, listless, and ruffled up. She has not laid an egg since she started molting last fall and has not been her self for quite a while, but this is the first day she's had the bad smell and the blood. What could be her problem and what should I do? I am going to isolate her and bring her inside where it is warmer tonight, even though she stinks. I hope she recovers!!! Any body ever had symptoms like this?

  2. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    clear and clean the vent with saline or clean warm water..

    what color are the droppings?
    is the blood mixed in with the droppings?

    do you have other chickens?
    could they be pecking at her?

    the smell is most likely from the pasted vent.
    but you should check her crop..best to check in the morning before she eats..it should be empty, or flat..check for sour odor.

    what all do you feed?
    is she eating?

    give her some poultry vitamins..if you don't have any and can't get some quick..you can use Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins..Enfamil brand, no iron..give 3 drops on beak once a day for a week..tapering down for another week.
    try making up this:

    Feed the bird three times a day this mixture ..the amounts are for the 3 feeds for the day..give for 3-5 days or more.

    1 cooked egg yolk
    1 teaspoon honey
    2 tablespoons plain yogurtÂ….
    3 to 4 tablespoons water cooked oatmealÂ…. To give substance to it add layer feed..
    2 to 4 tablespoons of unsweetened or baby apple sauce

    Mix to make a crumble mixture not runny

    best to take a fecal sample to a vet for a worm and protozoa (cocci) test..
    but I'd consider treating for cocci if no injury is apparent, and the droppings are bloody..(tho sometimes worms can cause blood.)
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2009
  3. merry hens

    merry hens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009

    The droppings are not bloody. The vent appears to be lined with blood streaks, but not in the droppings.

    She has been eating just your basic feed store lay pellets, I think 16%, but also free ranged, with scratch and some dinner scraps. She is not eating much, but she is eating. I have a lot of other chickens, but I know for sure that they are not pecking her. This is not an external injury. With the stench coming from her rear if I was another chicken I'd stay away!

    I do not think it is worms, because I recently dewormed my flock. (At least it is not roundworms. Could it be related to the wormer?). Could be cocci. I will do the reccomended. Thanks.


    Oh, and the droppings are a olive green color with no white. Not firm, slightly runny.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2009

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