Tail down and waddling

katharbour

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Hen with tail down and waddles. Thought might be egg bound but no egg felt in vent or abdomen Lethargic and vent is pulsing. Eyes bright and comb red. Pooping normally. At a loss. Any thoughts?
 

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Tacswa3

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There Doesn’t have to be an actual egg to be egg bound. Could be egg yolk peritonitis. That will give you the same symptoms.
 

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How old is she and has she laid eggs recently? Is her lower belly enlarged or swollen? Hens who have this posture with her tail down, may be sick or suffering from a reproductive disorder or infection. It would be hard to know without seeing a vet. Have you inserted a clean finger inside her vent 1-2 inches to feel for an egg?
 

katharbour

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How old is she and has she laid eggs recently? Is her lower belly enlarged or swollen? Hens who have this posture with her tail down, may be sick or suffering from a reproductive disorder or infection. It would be hard to know without seeing a vet. Have you inserted a clean finger inside her vent 1-2 inches to feel for an egg?
She is probably 1+ year. I do think she has laid in the past but we have 40 chix on the farm. We have soaked her in an epson salts bath, flushed her vent, examined internally for egg but nothing. What do we treat reproductive disorder or infection. No chix vets anywhere near us. Lower belly not swollen. Thanks for any help.
 

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Most antibiotics are not approved for chickens, but if you feel that she might be suffering from a reproductive disorder, some people use fish mox amoxicillin or enrofloxacin (Baytril.) Both are available online or from pigeon medicine suppliers.
 

katharbour

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There Doesn’t have to be an actual egg to be egg bound. Could be egg yolk peritonitis. That will give you the same symptoms.
How is that treated. No chix vet near us. Thank you for any help
Most antibiotics are not approved for chickens, but if you feel that she might be suffering from a reproductive disorder, some people use fish mox amoxicillin or enrofloxacin (Baytril.) Both are available online or from pigeon medicine suppliers.
Are these meds injectible or oral?
 

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Fish mox capsules may be found at some feed stores, but are also available online. Dosage is 125-250 mg twice a day given orally for 7-10 days.

Baytril or enrofloxacin 10% liquid dosage is 0.05 ml per pound (0.25 ml or 1/4 ml for a 5 pound chicken) given orally twice a day for 5 days. Baytril (enrofloxacin) is banned for chickens in the US, but some vets will prescribe it for certain serious infections. It is not banned for other animals, just poultry. Toss out any eggs after using it for 10-14 days. Here is a link:
https://www.jedds.com/shop/enro/
 

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