UPDATE: Yellow Poo? *PICS*HELP PLEASE! Hen has droopy tail

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by buildingmyark, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Buff Orpington hen; 9 months old

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    This afternoon I noticed that she was making a strange breathing noise (gargling sound), I immediately picked her up and put some water in front of her. She was obviously thirsty. She was drinking a lot, but laying on the ground to do so. She would not stand up and seemed very lethargic. I gave her some poly-vi-sol drops and let her drink some more water. She eventually got up on her feet and tried to walk, but had to use her wings to help keep her balance. I also noticed that her tail was pointing down. Her comb is perfectly red.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    Since this afternoon

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    No

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Nothing that I know of

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    She has been drinking a good bit since I found her. I gave her some scrambled eggs and scratch grains (treats) and she ate nearly all of it.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    I’ve seen her poop once and it was white and liquidy.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    I isolated her inside of the house. I gave her a few drops of poly-vi-sol.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I want to do whatever I can for this sweet girl. If I am unable, I would definitely consider using a vet.


    I just got her out of her temporary home inside and took her on the back porch. She’s standing and walking pretty good, but not going anywhere too fast. She’s seems pretty interested in the pack porch… Walking around and pecking at the ground. She also ate some more eggs and scratch and had a little water. Her tail is also much more perky.

    I’m puzzled as to what could have been or is wrong with my Heidi. I want to be proactive and help her if she needs it. Thanks in advance for your help!
     
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  2. codymax2

    codymax2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be a heat problem? maybe she just got overheated and dehydrated? Hope someone else comes by to help =/ Good luck
     
  3. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know, that's exactly what I was thinking. She sat in the nest box for quite some time before I found her breathing weird. Once she drank some water, she was breathing normally again. It was HOT HOT HOT today. I think that it got up to 100 degrees. Thanks for your response!
     
  4. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor baby. If it was the heat, there's lots of things you can do to help your girls stay cool. The one that comes to mind first is giving them some watermelon. Im a new chicken owner so dont know a lot but i bet a quick search on this forum would give you even more ideas.

    Hope Heidi stays well and cool tomorrow.
     
  5. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for wishing Heidi well! I've got her back on the porch hanging out with me and now she's eating everything I put in front of her and walking just fine. I will keep her inside for the night.

    She pooped again but this time it was a creamy yellow color. What could this mean???

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    This was her first poo that I mentioned earlier:

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    This is sweet Heidi a few minutes ago [​IMG] :

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    If she's acting normal tomorrow should I put her back in with her sisters or give her a little more time to rest? I will definitely look into finding a way to keep them a little cooler. Thanks again for your input!
     
  6. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, I have another question. If I keep her inside today what will she do when she gets ready to lay. Will she lay in the large brooder that I have her in now?
     
  7. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    That looks like yolk and egg white.
    I will find my poo sites and list them for you.

    If she is in the dark it may slow down laying, but I believe it happens every 25 hours give or take.
    Ilinks.
    http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0
    http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.c … 1158478320
    http://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-diseases-and-disorders.html
    http://happyhenhouse.proboards.com/inde … hread=7588

    will be back with the poo sites. I am just not quick on the computer skills.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/2/formation-of-the-egg
     
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  8. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was fearful that could be a possibility. So, do you think internal laying? Is there anything that I can do if that's the case? Thanks!
     
  9. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the same symptoms my hen had a few weeks ago. The exact same poo also. I don't know what it was but she is just fine now. It wasn't heat b/c she started acting that way in the morning. I just kept giving her drops of water and paying lots of attention to her. She has never laid an egg for me and I've had her 5 mo. She is over a year old. I don't know why she won't lay.[​IMG]
     
  10. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, well that makes me feel a little better. Thank you for sharing? Anyone else think it could be internal laying?
     

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