VERY SICK CHICKEN!!!!

gabbychickens4

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
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I have a 4 1/2 year old silver laced Wyandotte that is sick. I think she has egg binding. She's bloated, and doesn't respond to much. Yesterday and before she was alert. She has been sick for about 3 or 4 weeks now. Her balance is bad, she stumbles and spreads her wings and falls to ground every time she attempts to walk. She breathes with her mouth open sometimes, and I have to carry her everywhere. She just sits there with her eyes closed or open half way, and sometimes all the way. I have tried to soak her in warm water, put her on top of steaming water, and given her health yogurt, but nothing has worked so far. Her comb and wattles are red, and her legs are normal too, but she keeps them curled and both wattles and legs are cold. She ate and drank yesterday, but today she doesn't respond. Her underside is soft and full, but not egg shaped really. Her top is skinny, with little meat. Her butt is pasty, and her vent is swollen. Her poop is watery and greenish, with a bad smell. Right now, she is standing in the yard like a penguin w/ closed eyes. Also, she just sits with her eyes closed a lot. I am very worried. If you need pics of her I will upload. Thanks
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

I am so sorry about your hen. Sounds like a couple things maybe going on here. First, have you given her an internal exam to see if she is in fact egg bound? Put on a latex glove with some KY Jelly on the index finger and gently insert your finger into her vent. If she has a stuck egg, you will feel it there. If she is egg bound, and since you have already tried the warm water soak, get 2 or 3 Tums tablets and break them into small pieces and feed them to her. This calcium will help her with contractions to move the egg in about 30 to 45 mins. You can also do another soak on her to help move it at the same time. Make sure to blow dry her so she doesn't chill.

Because she is bloated, she is probably suffering from either internal laying or reproductive cancer. Both of these are not curable, but sometimes antibiotics will help with the secondary infections they can get. The meds will not cure them, but extend their lives a bit longer.

Stumbling, wing dragging and panting are signs of Mareks disease. This is not curable and is highly contagious. Feel her feet. If they are cold, then she needs heat. If this is the case, I would separate her and get her under heat. Sick and or dying birds are cold. So make her as comfortable as possible. Feed her what ever she will eat. Many times sick birds go off their feed. So make some hard boiled eggs, chop them up, make some cooked rice, cooked veggies, cooked ground beef or turkey, warm mashed potatoes...things that are warm to eat.

These are the things I would do. You might also post this in our emergency section for more help there...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

I am so sorry about your hen.
Keep her as comfortable as possible, separate her from the others and keep her warm if she is cold.
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
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Feb 18, 2011
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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! So sorry about your hen, TwoCrows gave you some good suggestions on things to check out and do. X2 on in the Emergencies section with pictures if you can.
 

gander007

Crowing
6 Years
Oct 9, 2013
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Welcome to BYC!

I am so sorry about your hen. Sounds like a couple things maybe going on here. First, have you given her an internal exam to see if she is in fact egg bound? Put on a latex glove with some KY Jelly on the index finger and gently insert your finger into her vent. If she has a stuck egg, you will feel it there. If she is egg bound, and since you have already tried the warm water soak, get 2 or 3 Tums tablets and break them into small pieces and feed them to her. This calcium will help her with contractions to move the egg in about 30 to 45 mins. You can also do another soak on her to help move it at the same time. Make sure to blow dry her so she doesn't chill.

Because she is bloated, she is probably suffering from either internal laying or reproductive cancer. Both of these are not curable, but sometimes antibiotics will help with the secondary infections they can get. The meds will not cure them, but extend their lives a bit longer.

Stumbling, wing dragging and panting are signs of Mareks disease. This is not curable and is highly contagious. Feel her feet. If they are cold, then she needs heat. If this is the case, I would separate her and get her under heat. Sick and or dying birds are cold. So make her as comfortable as possible. Feed her what ever she will eat. Many times sick birds go off their feed. So make some hard boiled eggs, chop them up, make some cooked rice, cooked veggies, cooked ground beef or turkey, warm mashed potatoes...things that are warm to eat.

These are the things I would do. You might also post this in our emergency section for more help there...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

I am so sorry about your hen.
Keep her as comfortable as possible, separate her from the others and keep her warm if she is cold.
Alright
great to have you joining the BYC flock




X 3 on Two Crows
 

Wyandottes7

Crowing
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Jul 24, 2013
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Welcome to BYC!
We're glad to have you. Sorry about your hen! If you post in the Emergencies/Diseases section, you will hopefully get some help and find out what is wrong with her.
 

gabbychickens4

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
15
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San Francisco
I am sorry to say that Bell Pepper, the silver laced Wyandotte, has died. We will miss her bit I am glad we ended her suffering.
 

Duckopolis

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Mar 19, 2014
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Good luck with your poultry raising adventures, and I hope you find everything you need to know. Don't forget to take a look at BYC's very useful learning center (If you haven't already)! The learning center as well as the forum should answer your questions! There is always something new to learn! Glad to have you here! See you around with the flock.
I am sorry. Try posting this in the emergencies forum.
 
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