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Help! There is something wrong with my chicken!

Discussion in 'Poultry Health and Nutrition' started by chicken, Apr 13, 2011.


  1. chicken

    chicken PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    Sorry, i am sort of new to all of this, and me and my dad have recently set up a mini-chicken farm. We have six chickens, they have plenty of room, a nice hen house, they are fed layers pellets, have water, and have recently started to lay as they aren't that old.
    One of the chickens has been acting very strange. She is layed down on her belly and has her wings stretched out, her eyes are closed, but she has kept her head up, her legs are stretched out behind her, and she is in some sort of crucifix position. We have checked her breathing, and it seems normal. All of the others are acting fine. I dont know what is wrong with her. Please help.

    Chicken xx
     
  2. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

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    I have only just got my chickens so don't know much at all but have you checked to see if she is egg bound? I think this is something that can be quite serious if not resolved quickly.

    There is a good article here regarding this:

    Omlet Forums • View topic - Egg binding
     
  3. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy PetForums VIP

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    could just be having a stech like we do

    if its egg bound the comb could change colour to a whiteish pink

    pick her up and feel around her bum if she makes a fuss when you touch her theres a chance she may be

    hold her and put her bum in a bowl of warm water and let her have a soak for a while just make sure you fry her propley

    the warm water will help

    alos check her crop isnt impacted

    if its hot to the touch and seem to irritate her then section her off and feed her only grit and water for 24 hours she will be moody and hungry but this will help get the crop to break down everything thats in there

    also if it is the crop keep her off long grass and other things that will cause it to clog up

    some times they can have a few days where they feel off like us
     
  4. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

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    Blimey! Do you just pop 'em in the pot then??!!! :eek: :D
     
  5. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy PetForums VIP

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    :lol:

    the cockerel is very close at the min as cant find him a free range home where he wont be in any contact with many people
     
  6. chicken

    chicken PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you very much. Turns out she was "egg bound" as you call it. She's getting better now though.

    Thanks again, Chicken xxx
     
  7. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy PetForums VIP

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    glad she getting better
     
  8. Cleo38

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    Poor girl, am glad you got it sorted! :D
     
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