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Jerrymac
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« on: May 12, 2010, 05:57:19 PM »

I have this hen I just noticed. She was walking around like she hurt or something. If chickens can walk hunched over I guess that is what it was. As the wind was blowing her feathers around her back side it looked swollen and red. Then she squirted this really watery green stuff, (probably the green came from grazing on the grass.) She isn't acting very perky.

Couldn't be an egg stuck in there could it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 06:48:45 PM »

The watery green stuff sounds like diarrhea. If it happens continually and doesn't clear up, you may want to quarantine and treat, or cull her. Maybe its infectious, you don't want it to spread to the other birds. On the other hand it could just be something she ate and wont last long at all. If a chicken is eggbound, they will frequently lay down and favor one side and generally look uncomfortable. This too can pass, but if it doesn't clear up, it can kill the hen.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 07:08:04 PM »

Give her an eye dropper full of Sulmet down the gullet, then follow that up with 5 days of 1 tbsp to a gallon of water.  That will perk her back up.
Every person who has livestock of any kind should keep Sulmet on hand.  It is the most versitile medication for animals (haven't found any it won't work on) that a person can have.  I use it on all my animals, except bees, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, pigeons, guinea hens, ducks, cat and dog.  It is even good for pigs, cows, and horses.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 07:56:27 PM »

I use it on all my animals, except bees, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, pigeons, guinea hens, ducks, cat and dog.

 lau So which animals do you use it on? lau

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 10:45:43 AM »

Sounds like shes egg bound to me.  You can try lubing the area up with something like vaseline in an attempt to extract it, but it may or may not work. Egg bound usually results in a dead bird in a couple of days.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 10:42:01 PM »

Did you pull the candy cork? OOPS, sorry, it's a chicken!  grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010, 11:22:27 AM »

this is an old topic, but is worthy for comment on, for anyone who may be experiencing this type of problem with chickens again.  I had the same issue with one of my gold laced wyandotte hens.  She was walking around as if she looked like a penguin, clearly egg bound.  I did some research on how to deal with an egg bound chicken and it is a bit of a convaluted story, but I will tell what I did.  Sometimes it is helpful to relax the birds muscles so the egg can pass.  I placed the chicken to stand in a container of warm water, so that her bottom was being warmed by the water, I held her there for about 10 minutes and then dried her off with a blowdryer, so she would not chill.  She passed the egg the following day, and it was an extremely big egg.  This event occurred on our move up to our new home.  The bird did not lay an egg in the travelling of 5 hours during the move, and it probably caused her to become, like constipated.  You know how that can happen.  To this day I don't know if she would have passed the egg all on her own, or if the warm water bath helped, but that is what I did.  Just a little bit of my two cents to tell of something that I had happen to one of my hens.  If the egg breaks within the chicken, usually it results in death, infection.  Have that wonderful day, of love and health.  Cindi
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 11:02:27 AM »

this is an old topic, but is worthy for comment on, for anyone who may be experiencing this type of problem with chickens again.  I had the same issue with one of my gold laced wyandotte hens.  She was walking around as if she looked like a penguin, clearly egg bound.  I did some research on how to deal with an egg bound chicken and it is a bit of a convaluted story, but I will tell what I did.  Sometimes it is helpful to relax the birds muscles so the egg can pass.  I placed the chicken to stand in a container of warm water, so that her bottom was being warmed by the water, I held her there for about 10 minutes and then dried her off with a blowdryer, so she would not chill.  She passed the egg the following day, and it was an extremely big egg.  This event occurred on our move up to our new home.  The bird did not lay an egg in the travelling of 5 hours during the move, and it probably caused her to become, like constipated.  You know how that can happen.  To this day I don't know if she would have passed the egg all on her own, or if the warm water bath helped, but that is what I did.  Just a little bit of my two cents to tell of something that I had happen to one of my hens.  If the egg breaks within the chicken, usually it results in death, infection.  Have that wonderful day, of love and health.  Cindi

Leave it to big hearted Cindi to treat her sick chickens chickens to a warm, bubble bath and spa treatment.  grin
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010, 11:22:36 AM »

VolunteerK9, that made me smile.  Yep, the things we do for love, you should see some of the antics that my birds are subject to  shocked  cool  cheesy .  They are as my children, each and every one has a soul, worthy of the best care that care can give.  It does sometimes now get out of hand with so many (well, is like 40 a lot, perhaps not, smiling).  What I don't like is when some of them get those dirty butts, and the cling-ons get so they have to be removed, like a snowball, just gets bigger and bigger  shocked  beautiful days, those of love and sharing, with that great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010, 11:23:10 AM »

Leave it to big hearted Cindi to treat her sick chickens chickens to a warm, bubble bath and spa treatment.  grin
Well giving them CHICKEN soup would have just been WRONG. (On SO many levels).
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