Wellsummer hen blown up?!?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkymom1986, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    I have 6 2 month old wellsummer hens, this morning when I went out to check on them and feed them, one looks like it's blown up like a balloon, she is walking around some and eating, it go down to the twenty's here last night, could that have something to do with it?? I don't know what to do, please help!!
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Is it her entire body or is it her crop (front right chest) area? Pictures would be helpful. What I do for any bird in distress is get them on a heating pad or under a heat lamp, give them electrolytes and vitamins OR polyvisol without iron. Keep them warm, well fed, and stress free. Apart from that, I don't have any more advice. I'll leave that up to the more seasoned chicken owners.
     
  3. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    It's her whole body, I took a pic on my phone, but I can't get it on here, I'm gonna try and take one wth computer
     
  4. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are her feathers puffed out? sometimes they will poof out their feathers to try and stay warmer.
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Is there visible air under her skin?
     
  6. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    here is a pic, I can't tell if there is air under her skin, how can i tell?

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  7. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    Well????
     
  8. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't really tell you anything from the pic, sorry. I would just get my fingers through her feathers and gently push on her skin. If it feels like there is muscle underneath and the skin is quite hard I would make sure it not anything more then her puffing out her feathers. However if you can FEEL the air through her skin (bounceback, pretty "mushy") then something is wrong. Please seperate her if she is acting sick, it will help protect your other hens.
     
  9. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pick her up and see if she goes flat again. It could be just super fluffed feathers. If not, hopefully someone will come along and help you out.
     
  10. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    I put a heating pad under her, I felt her back, it feels hard, and her feathers are kinda puffed up. She's walking around a little....I dunno what to do.
     

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