Unwell Hen - Need Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nurseiris, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. nurseiris

    nurseiris Hatching

    Jul 24, 2007
    3 year old barred rock, normal sized for her breed

    16 hen free-range flock, all others are OK

    1) significant droppings caked on vent feathers we have noticed for a least 3 days -
    day 1: normal color but caked, day 2: dark green & runny looking on top of caked droppings, day 3: looked like egg with out shell was broken on top of caked droppings
    2) eating some, but not excited about it
    3) somewhat lethargic, but will walk around

    demeanor: sits by herself, doesn't run up for food like the others

    treatment: gave her about 1ml mineral oil 2 days ago

    It is clear that she is not well, but has no outward symptoms other than the above. Body looks normal in every way except for the caked droppings.
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I answered you on EZBYC.
    It sounds like internal laying. My advice is call or go to an avian vet and see if they think antibiotics might help prevent egg peritontitis.
    Is her abdomen full and tight?

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