wobble head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mummerhen, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. mummerhen

    mummerhen New Egg

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    My Isa Red 4 yo chicken has been off the last 2 days. When I tried to drop feed water today, she did a strange wobble head impersonation, lifting her head backwards then went back to sleep.
    Symptoms include:
    puffed up
    not eating/ drinking
    laying on grass sleeping despite noise & only moving short distances
    crown is pale but no obvious external damage
    loose stools

    She has been wormed, tick powdered and I have checked if she is egg bound. Any ideas?
     
  2. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    Feel her crop, is it impacted? Empty? Is she laying? When did she last lay? Is the bobbing head something she does all the time or just the once?
     
  3. mummerhen

    mummerhen New Egg

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    Bobbing head is definately new. She last layed about 4 days ago and definately stopped laying. I havent checked the crop- will do to see if this is the problem.
     
  4. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    She could have many things wrong
    laying internal eggs
    broody
    internal ovarian infection
    liver, kidney issue's
    mites
    lice
    check her all over and do a through exam
    is she swollen in the chest? abdomen? Is her vent palpable or hard? Does it smell? what color is it?
    Crop issues
     
  5. mummerhen

    mummerhen New Egg

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    Thanks for your reply! Yep I think you might be right about the crop. Her neck is almost in an 's bend' and i'm finding it hard to see the difference between neck and crop.
     
  6. mummerhen

    mummerhen New Egg

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    Her vent is soft. She has had loose stools and is very skinny under those puffed up feathers- hasnt eaten for a few days. As i said before, she is resting her neck in s bend fashion. I have tried oil & massage of the crop but a bit unsure of what bit it is.
     
  7. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    she probably has something stuck in there..get a flash lite, a tweezers a towel, and a friend. Wrap her up softly and snug. Open her beak and look inside. Massage her crop and see if you can find anything. Keep massaging and using oil until you remove what is there. You might have to do surgery if you can get it out. I am going to bed so you might need more information. I will look it up and post it before I head off.

    Good luck
     
  8. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to look at a diagram of a bird and find the crop. You might not be massaging the right thing. Her is a video of crop surgery and that might help you find it.
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  9. mummerhen

    mummerhen New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your help!
     

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