What's wrong with my hens? Gross picture warning!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bricore, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Bricore

    Bricore Hatching

    Jan 5, 2010
    I have a RIR. She is two this year. She was actting very ill about 2 weeks ago (pale comb, not eatting, and didn't want to walk, no balance when she did.) Her color came back and she started to eat again (with only vinegar in her water and kefir.)

    I talked with the feed store and asked them what they thought it might have been. They asked me if I have ever wormed them before. I had not. So, I wormed them (all of them) with Wazine 17.

    I had another younger hen start to act a little ill (not near as bad as the other but you can tell when they are off. She just sat in the back of the hen house.)

    I gave them some Duramycin-10 because I thought it might be something that they all have (and because I had already wormed them twice...)

    Things seemed fine until this morning. That RIR has something WHITE hanging from her behind. It looks like her insides are coming out!!

    I will try to upload a picture here of it. I don't think it's just poo but I hope I am wrong.


    They get 22% layer feed.
    Free Range
    Fresh water every day
    Oster shells
    They have a dust box
    Clean nesting boxs daily

    She is still drinking and eating but is off. Moving a lot slower than what she was just a day ago (this white stuff I just noticed this morning.)
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2010
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    That looks like it could be a prolapse.....which is when she may have tried to push out an egg, but her insides pushed out. That's pretty extreme. I've heard where people will push it back in....but.....it's just so extreme. First, I would catch her and put her in a crate, so the other chickens can't peck at what's hanging out. I'm afraid you may have to cull.......

    Hopefully someone will come along with a better solution......very sorry about this! I don't think it's a diet thing.......sometimes a hen just gets this way......

    Good luck to you!
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I don't believe that is a prolapse. Prolapses are generally red in color. That looks like feces to me. Possibly egg remnants. Can it be removed? I'd try to scrape some of it off carefully.
  4. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    I've never had a hen prolapse before, but I really don't think that's what is going on based on photos I've seen in the past. Check out this prolapse for comparison: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2020015

    Have you tried to very, very gently pull on it at all? I would be very careful, but see if its attached internally, or if its egg remnants/feces that's moving its way out.

    Sorry you have to deal with this, yuck, yuck, yuck!
  5. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    When butchering, I've had to remove all the organs and nothing I saw looks that pale. The intestines are more grayish pink. Has it fallen off or is it still there?
  6. Bricore

    Bricore Hatching

    Jan 5, 2010
    The hen went out to the woods but came back and she still has it hanging on her (it looks like she is pushing it out though.)


    My husband will be home very soon so I'll have him take a look at her real soon. He is so much better with things like this than I am.
  7. blueraspberry

    blueraspberry In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2010
    it sorta looks like a parasite related thing [​IMG]

    but i'm only 11 sooo i doubt i'm right
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    poor baby-I agree with one of the posters to try and tug a tad-Id actually give her a warm bath to relax her first 10-15 minutes and see if she does it all on her own-looks like a soft egg that morphed into a long stringy thing---
  9. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Hmmmm, have you tried looking up 'Passing a diseased ovary'? Sometimes a hen will push out an ovary that has problems or is non-functioning. I think I've seen pics of an item that looked like that by another member on here.

    Just a guess... Good luck....poor thing [​IMG]
  10. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    It looks like she's been laying internally. If it's coming out of her that may be a good sign because internal laying is usually fatal. Clean it off. It will probably be rubbery and you can slice into it (if you have the stomach) and it will look like cooked eggs since that's literally what it is. I'm not sure if there is anything you can give her to treat her but then I've never had a hen have this problem but if you do a search for Internal Layer you'll find lots of threads about this condition. Usually they only discover the long string of intestines-looking cooked egg material once they cut the bird open.

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