What is wrong with her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickemee, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little pullet was perfectly fine this afternoon. When I came back about an hour later she was behind a board leaning on the wall. I picked her up and she was all hunched over and she can barely walk. Right now she is in the house but she wont sit down.
     
  2. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please can someone help me! I want to treat my chicken as soon as possible.
     
  3. chickenlover210

    chickenlover210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check google call 4h an animal hospital
    meanwhile give her a bath and make sure to clean the poo hole it works
    and early in the morning go to the library and get all the chicken books you can find
    and hurry
    Hope this helps
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    We need more info. How old is it? What has it been eating? What does it live with? Are there any injuries? How does her crop feel, is she eating? What do her stool look like, how much does she weigh? Any pictures? Was she attacked by a predator?
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    We need more info here - might be a number of things wrong.

    Age, gender, if a 'she' is she laying eggs yet? Any other symptoms??
     
  6. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is about 8 months old and has never laid an egg she lives with one other hen who has laid only one egg(on Friday). She eats a mixture of mostly chicken scratch and and small amount of layer pellets. She hasn't had any injuries and her crop feels fine. Her stool seemed fine earlier but she hasn't pooped for about 2 hours. She weighs about 4.5 pounds because she is a leghorn. And I dont belive she has been attacked.
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, if you can find some vitamins for her that would be great. As for her food. Scratch is not a complete feed. That would also explain why they are so old and not laying. They need to get about 90% Layer pellets and as most 10% "other". Else they are nutritionally deprived and may not develop strong enough immune systems or bodies.
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    If your other one just started to lay, this one may be working on that first egg too.

    Do a search for 'Egg and Bound' and see what comes up... She may be egg bound, or may just be having a hard time with the first egg.

    Also, I agree - nutrition may be your main problem here. You need to reverse the ratio of scratch to layer pellets. Also make sure they have access to calcium source (like oyster shells)

    At this point, a small amount of black oil sunflower seeds might help lubricate the egg machinery too.

    If you decide to take her inside/isolate her, pick a draft-free spot. Try soaking some layer pellets in warm water and see if that tempts her. Some good poultry vitamin/suppliment might do her some good too, like AviaCharge. Follow the label directions on whatever you get.

    Hope she turns around for ya soon.
     
  9. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomarrow my grandpa agreed to take me to the feed store to get more layer pellets but I have been giving her crushed up eggshells.

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  10. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
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    some feed stores will sell the oyster shell by the pound.
    some of a crushed up Tums in her feed might help.

    try and get them some yogurt..plain unsweetened active culture..mix some with a some feed, a little oatmeal made with water, and a crushed cooked egg yolk..make enough for a morning feed, then offer the layer feed the rest of the time.

    see if you can get them some Aviacharge 2000 from McMurrays Hatchery.

    hope she gets better..please keep us updated.
     

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