*URGENT* Hen with a presumably impacted crop won't poop.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Zinnia-Hen, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
    Please help me. My hen, who presumably has an impacted crop, is extremely lethargic. She's been in all day and I've done as much as possible, treating her with olive oil and massages. She isn't wanting to drink or eat, the last she did was around 3:00-4:00 and it was very little. She's been breathing hard and seems rather limp and lets me hold her, which is incredibly unusual. So far, I've seen no poop either. Her vent is not blocked on the outside, though her poops that she took earlier were running. What should I do?
     
  2. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
    I know I just put this up, but please help me. She might not have very long left. I've looked all around for remedies and so far nothing of use...
     
  3. TacomaChickNMom

    TacomaChickNMom Out Of The Brooder

    46
    7
    24
    Feb 16, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
    I'm so sorry. I hate feeling helpless. I wish I had some advice but I just dont, other than if nobody knows how to help you consider taking it to the vet. :-(
     
  4. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
    Thanks for at least trying - I may have to give up here alone and call the vets. She just seems so vulnerable and ill, to the point I can't even tell if she's comfortable or not. I may just have to let nature take care of it and make her most comfortable for her last moments, as much as that would hurt me. But I don't know.
     
  5. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
    I just came back from treating her again; she's a tiny bit better. I got some food and water down her, she actually opened her eyes a little more and was breathing better.

    Just in the meantime, are there any medications that could help her? She seems like she could actually be constipated now, she was standing like she had to poop but nothing was happening.
     
  6. TacomaChickNMom

    TacomaChickNMom Out Of The Brooder

    46
    7
    24
    Feb 16, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
  7. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
    I already did that. Unfortunately, by the time you posted that, she was long gone.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    58,864
    16,294
    801
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss... Do you know how to tube feed? IMHO, dehydration is what usually kills them.
     
  9. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    28,280
    46
    343
    Jan 29, 2011
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    58,864
    16,294
    801
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    FYI, often when the dying process starts, the food stops moving, so no poop, but full crop. Again, sorry for your loss, I know how hard it is to lose them.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by