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redjane11

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« on: June 26, 2007, 10:18 »
Hi, Can somebody help? one of my chickens has gone of food, lays soft eggs so started giving more oyster shell etc. but the most startling thing is that she is bringing up a clear liquid looks like being sick, were going to get some new chickens but that has now been delayed due to this problem, we did have another chicken till last week but it went walk about in rape field so thats the last of her(fox prob had her by now) she was got to replace another one that we despatched to the world of happy chickens in the sky LOL,  could she just be lonley
any ideas most welcome   :roll:
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2007, 10:46 »
Very difficult to suggest what is wrong with your hen.  If she is getting on in age, 18 months to two years (depending on breed) she could be having egg production problems which are very often fatal as it causes peritonitis.  

Keep giving the oyster shell and a little cod liver oil to held absorb the calcium.  (If she mainly eats layers pellets or mash then this is probably not the problem.)

Is she hot under her wings and sitting down hunched up ?  That would indicate an infection which may require antibiotic treatment.

Is her crop full of squishy liquid in the mornings ? Does the crop contents smell foul ? That would indicate sour crop which could also need an anti-fungal drug treatment and possibly crop flushing.

Make sure she gets plenty of water.  If you think she is suffering you have two choices, dispatch or have professional treatment.

Good luck and let us know how she goes.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 12:24 »
just been out to check on her again, if she lays her soft egg she eats it so try and get there before, she seems a little happier today wolfed down the crumbs from some biscuites and walking about more not warm under wings droppings a little lose yellow and brown!!!!!! but she sometimes like that no sign of worms

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007, 14:29 »
she also gone out into the field for a walk, like's pecking at the rape, she has as much fredom as she wants well and truly free range, even has the cheek to walk down the field and up our drive and into the garden, one spoilt chicken



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