Another poorly hen.

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Another poorly hen.
« on: March 02, 2009, 10:54 »

To begin at the begining (thanks Dylan) we have 10 free ranging hens and 9 ducks, some months ago we took in 2 unwanted hens in pretty poor condition. 1 of the hens has since had to be dispatched (a month ago) as she was failing due to diarrhoea (very dirty around the vent and not eating), I tried worming and giving her extra protien but to no avail.

We now have another hen that is obviously sick, not the same symptoms but when I was feeding them yesterday I noticed she wasn't eating, as I stood and watched she was actually sick on the ground, I caught her and and induced her to vommit (green bile, sorry to anyone with a stomache like mine):ow!!!!!! to clear her crop but this morning on letting the chickens out she is still not eating.

Sorry if this is a bit long winded but I tried to include the history of the case, can anyone offer any advise please?

Thanks for any replies.



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Re: Another poorly hen.
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009, 11:17 »
Hi Chas and welcome!
Sorry to hear your hen is poorly.
Difficult to say whats wrong really perhaps a few more symptoms?
Lets start with her crop -green fluid doesn't sound good -does her breath have any odour? and does her crop feel normal? or squishy, balloon like? good time to check first thing.
Weight -does this feel normal? temp is she hot? feel under wing
Beak/ eyes - breathing -any discharge, rattling wheezy breath?
poops...normal or loose - greeny coloured?
Sorry for all the questions.....



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Re: Another poorly hen.
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009, 12:21 »
Hello Foxy, thanks for the reply.

I can't say her breth smelt, but then I din't get too close :ohmy: Her crop is ballony and very empty, she feels very light but her temperature seems ok, her breathing seems normal and I can't honestley say I've noticed rattling but I'll check, there are green poo's around the house.......

I hope this is of use?

Thanks again for the reply.


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