What's wrong with my chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chick Leah, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Chick Leah

    Chick Leah Just Hatched

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    Hi
    Im pretty new to BYC and would really apprieciate any advice or ideas with what might be wrong with my girl. Shes a bluebelle hybrid around 18months old. Shes usually bossy and speedy but shes currently slower and more lethargic than usual Im also pretty certain shes not laid for some time. Her eyes are clear and has no nasal discharge. Her comb face and wattles are angry red. Her crop is not compacted.

    Shes eating but minimal i tempted her with her favourite, cheese which she gobbled and shes drinking occasionally. I initially thought she might be egg bound. Her vent seems to be comtracting but theres no sign of an egg. I cant feel a thing. She had a bath in epsom salt last night and she did drink some of another epsom salt solution from a syringe. Thought it couldnt do any harm. Her belly seems swollen though. She is pooping but barely but then again shes not eating much so... any ideas of other clues of what might be wrong would be great. My mother inlaw was lookong after my girls for a week last week and im wondering if stress is a trigger. But dont want to miss something for serious either.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    I'm sorry you are having trouble.
    A vet may be helpful in diagnosis.
    How does her poop look?

    My best guess, it that your hen could have an internal laying/reproductive disorder like Peritonitis, Salpingitis, cancer or tumors.

    Some symptoms can be loose/runny, not eating/drinking, weight loss, swelling in the abdomen, problems walking, and labored breathing. Unfortunately antibiotics are usually not successful.

    You can also offer some poultry vitamins to help give her a boost and see if that helps. If she is seems slow, lethargic and not feeling well, she may also benefit from extra protein - offer scrambled/hard boiled egg, tuna, mackerel or meat.

    Try to make her comfortable, you may need to separate her so you can monitor her food/water intake and give her some TLC.


    Peritonitis and internal egg laying issues:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx
     
  3. Chick Leah

    Chick Leah Just Hatched

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    We're Going to the vets today will let you no how we go on
     
  4. Chick Leah

    Chick Leah Just Hatched

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    Thanks for all your advice it's so sad to see her like this. I miss her bossy ways.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Please do let us know what you find out.
     
  6. Chick Leah

    Chick Leah Just Hatched

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    I will do. I have separated her from the flock shes alert enough and took some catching but id never get her during the day usually. She has to usually have her health checks in the evening after shes gone to roost. Ive given her some scrambled egg which she devoured. I think the ends of her comb have a darker purple tinge to them, does that signal anything? Poor thing. Il keep you posted.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Since you are going to your vet you may want to ask about the purple tinge to the comb. But if she has a fluid filled abdomen, then sometimes fluid buildup can press on the organs and cause some oxygen flow or breathing problems, this is sometimes indicated in a purple color in the comb.

    Hopefully the vet will be able to give you more information and be able to treat her.

    Good luck and keep us updated.
     
  8. aggiegirl009

    aggiegirl009 Just Hatched

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    Help!!! One day old chick looks like she has part of a worm coming out of her, but it looks dead?
     
  9. theuglychick

    theuglychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be the umbilical attached to the "belly button "?
     
  10. theuglychick

    theuglychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If that is what it is, DONT PULL IT! It'll eviscerate it.
     

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