top heavy hen, just lays around

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by butterflyfirl, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. butterflyfirl

    butterflyfirl New Egg

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    help i have had 1 hen die and 1 hen that is top heavy and just lays around. the one that died has always been fat and so has this one. on a good not she is drinking, but her poop is white and running. any help would be great i also have 3 other hens and a rooster and they are all fine.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    How old are they? What color are they? Breed? if you know.
     
  3. Pickaduck

    Pickaduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they meat birds? How old are they?
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
    Sounds like a cornish cross....meat bird.
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  5. butterflyfirl

    butterflyfirl New Egg

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    that is what it looks like cornish cross, and they are about 4 months old.
     
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Check into info re: the meat birds - to have any kind of quality life, or length of life, they need less food, more exercise, and serious relief from the heat (don't know where you're located?)

    JJ
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I suspected they were Cornish X meat birds, thus I asked about the breed/color.

    You do understand these birds are "designed" to be butchered at a very young age, often around 8-9 weeks of age?
     
  8. butterflyfirl

    butterflyfirl New Egg

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    no i didn't know that, what should i do? butcher her well i won't someone else will.
     
  9. dawg53

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    Quote:The heat will cause the runny diarrhea that you described. I hope you realize that usually by the 6th week, meatbirds are processed for eating. Their bodies outgrow their hearts, legs etc...this is by virtue of their breed and genetics. The one that died on you was most likely due to heart failure. The others will follow eventually.
     
  10. dawg53

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    Quote:Perhaps a butcher will process them for you for a fee or give them one in trade.
     

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