What's wrong with my hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Button, May 15, 2007.

  1. Button

    Button Hatching

    Apr 24, 2007
    I have a bantam barred rock hen that is about 2 years old. she has what appears to be dirt (or something) in her mouth and doesn't close her beak completely. She also has tearing eyes. She also smells a bit. I dont know if she is still laying as I have a few hens. She is free ranging and is movig around fine. She does take deep naps out on the back lawn. I'm not sure what is wrong with her...any thoughts? Thanks:|
  2. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Is it just her face that smells bad or her body? If she has swelling in her face & wattles along with a bad smelling nasal discharge, the hen might have infectious coryza.

    Are there changes in her poop or comb color? Does she sneeze or cough?
    If you can provide more information it will help us narrow the possibilities.
  3. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Fowl Pox, its carried by Mosquitos. Regardless of what she has the first step is always Quarentine the animal.

    Folks cant emphasis this enough , if you even think that maybe a bird in your flock is sick, isolate the bird from the group until your sure and or it is well.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    We don't have mosquitos yet, Mark and you can keep yours LOL
    Definitely keep her away from the others. If you can hold her, pick her up and listen to her breathing too. It should sound like a blacksmith's bellows, with no rattles or wheezes.
  5. Button

    Button Hatching

    Apr 24, 2007
    Thanks for the responses. I'll check out the website. Thank you.
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
  7. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Last edited: May 16, 2007

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