VERY pale comb/wattles, soft/squishy crop, lethargy... What is wrong with our chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by christall, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. christall

    christall Out Of The Brooder

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    My daughter's SLW was (seemed anyway) fine yesterday. This morning when she went out to feed this girl just stood there, her comb/wattles were very pale pink (normally VERY bright red), a bit lethargic, wouldn't eat the apple my daughter offered (her favorite treat)... Her crop is pretty soft/squishy. We had another hen with sour crop a year ago and it does feel pretty similar but it's the other symptoms that have me stumped.

    She did eat some scrambled eggs my daughter made her and had a few sips of water w/ ACV added.

    She looks like she may be molting - she has new feathers coming in and hasn't been laying with any regularity (but it's also been getting colder here - so I suppose that could be for a number of reasons).

    Any ideas? Any thoughts on what I should do? She's inside the house so she can stay warm. She seems to be pretty sleepy right now.

    Here is her information:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    SLW - approx 18 months old - not sure on her weight but she feels like she normally does - plump.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Bright red comb/wattles suddenly turned pink, lethargy, not interested in food, soft/squishy crop.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    She was fine yesterday and last night when she went into the coop. We noticed the change when they were fed this morning.
    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.
    Don't know
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Normally she eats organic layer crumble and free ranges for most of the day. Today she's had some water w/ acv and scrambled eggs - but definately not her normal, "energetic" eating self.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Her poop is clear and watery... Not normal at all...
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    No treatment - just gave her some scrambled eggs and water w/ acv
    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?
    Would prefer to treat at home if at all possible - but she is my daughter's pet so if a vet is needed...
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    I did clean their coops yesterday. They get a wood shaving bedding w/ a generous dose of DE mixed in.
     
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  2. christall

    christall Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have any idea what this could be? She's not as warm as she should be - but we put her on a towel near the woodstove and she seems to like it... she's moving around more. Her poop is less like "plain water" and more like REALLY watery poop - She also laid an egg about 2 hours ago when we had her in the crate.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you think she might be starting to moult and she laid and egg, that might be zapping her resources. Weigh her, keep her warm and try to keep her eating and drinking.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    And weigh her daily... if there is any weight loss, that's a bad sign.
     

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