what's going on with my hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Miamoo, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Miamoo

    Miamoo Chirping

    Oct 4, 2017
    Barred hen is puffed up, walks slow. not sure what is going on with her. anyone? help? its been since last Wednesday November 6th
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    In one sentence to respond to your two sentences plus fragments, she's sick.

    Beyond that, without further background info, it's impossible to tell you what's wrong. However, the walking slowly might point to a reproductive issue such as a stuck egg or even cancer. It could also be ascites from liver disease if her stance is wide and she waddles when walking.

    Try giving her a calcium supplement (people calcium tablets) once a day and keep her on moist heat with plenty of water available to drink in case she has a stuck egg.

    Is there a watery discharge from her vent? That would point to a ruptured egg in her system. Calcium would help her expel it.
    aart, 50-45-1 and Sequel like this.
  3. i also agree your hen is having reproductive issues.
    also google vent gleet and look at your hens back end.
    if its a mess she may have the gleet or egg bound, or broken egg inside.
    if she has been like this since November 6th, i would expect she is getting pretty run down by now.
    get some probiotics down her and some yogurt.
    let us know what you find on her backside.
    good luck!
    azygous likes this.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    @Miamoo have you been back to see the responses?
    How is she doing now?

    When I have a bird acting off I isolate bird in a wire cage within the coop for a day or two....so I can closely monitor their intake of food and water, crop function(checking at night and in morning before providing more feed), and their poops. Feel their abdomen, from below vent to between legs, for squishy or hard swelling. Check for external parasites or any other abnormalities.

    Best to put crate right in coop or run so bird is still 'with' the flock.
    I like to use a fold-able wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller mesh(1x2) on bottom of crate under tray.
    Then you can put tray underneath crate to better observe droppings without it being stepped in. If smaller mesh is carefully installed, tray can still be used inside crate.

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