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Sick chicken - can't match symptoms to anything I've seen online yet ...
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Doris    Posted 06-19-2001 at 14:46:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an ameraucana who became sick a few days ago. The area below her vent is distended and hard. I thought she was egg bound, but when I checked I couldn't find an egg there. She's definitely uncomfortable, and although she's drunk the water I put in with her, she doesn't seem to have eaten. None of the other chickens are sick.

I did a bit of research for symptoms on the internet, but I can't find a thing that resembles her problem. She's begun to have loose wet droppings as of today, but didn't start out that way.

1) if a chicken is egg bound, can you always see or feel the egg at or inside the vent?

2) What else would cause the area below her vent to become hard and distended?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also ... I posted in May about chickens eating their eggs ... the problem was solved when we raised the nesting boxes off from the floor and added far more wood chips to the boxes themselves. We also put golf balls in the nests. We went back up to our full production in less than three days.

After reading everyone else's answer to me, I realized I had something strange when y'all said that letting the chickens out might solve the problem ... but mine *started* when I let them out. I guess they didn't think the nests we had for them were worth coming back in for.

Thanks for your help!

Bev    Posted 07-01-2007 at 09:20:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello one chicken which is cold to touch and cone has gone flat on her head she is very week on legs . She is sitting in nesting box all day . She is not nesting and she is still laying eggs

dave    Posted 06-26-2007 at 01:49:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have another hen in my small flock who is bleeding from the vent. the previouse one died shortly after i noticed.I first became aware of it one day when i collected the eggs and there was blood on the egg related to the deceased.Doe's anyone know the problem, and if ihave to kill them can i eat the meat

Lawrence Nusbaum    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:03:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a chicken that quit eating, quit laying.
She is young and just started laying recently but
has not laid for 4 days now.. She seems
disoriented. Doesn't eat or drin

Aimee Nenner    Posted 06-05-2003 at 08:28:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 4 chickens in my backyard, one of them has been laying on her eggs for days and not really eating or wanting to get up and roam the yard. She looks sick. Do you have any advice?
Thanks, Aimee

Tim    Posted 08-25-2002 at 10:51:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One of our hens has become bloated looking and seems as though it is panting or gasping for air. She won't eat and has problems walking. I have asked with other people who have laying hens and no one seems to have a clue.
Can you shed some light on what might be the problem?


Abby    Posted 04-25-2002 at 15:44:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you can help me, PLEASE email me quickly!!! My chicken, Tilly, is sick and i don't know what's wrong with her!! She won't eat, her comb is droopy and kind of discolored, and all she does is sit and won't move. We had another chicken who had those same symptoms and she died within about 4 days. If you think you know what's wrong with her, please email me at!!!!!!

Margaret Wood    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:08:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a chicken with those same symptoms die within
two days? The chicken was lethargic, would sit and not
move. Did you ever find out what was wrong with your



Cathy Trupp    Posted 12-16-2001 at 15:54:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hope you can help me...

We are the new owners of our first precious chicken. We do not really know what to do or what to expect, so I am gently pleading for some help.

Her name is Penelope and since July (when we moved into our new home) we have grown to adore this precious creature. We have no other pets except two bunnies who have recently appeared on our acerage. She has dutifully given us an egg everyday, until recently, when she suddenly stopped. It has been cold and wet and we have been told by our local feed store that in the winter it is normal for her to stop production as the days grow shorter. The problem is she is losing soooooooo many feathers. The poor girl looks like a baby bald eagle around her neck and is starting to lose them around her bottom.

Somehow, I instinctivly know that she's not a happy puppy, but I don't know what to do. Is it normal that a bird loses so many feathers in winter? I am giving her vitiman fortified water and she still allows me to pet her and give her loving hugs. I know it sounds silly but we have grown very attached to this beautiful brown busy body. (she usually knocks on the door with her beak like a good neighbour)

If you can help we would all be grateful. And, so would she.

Penelopes' Mom.

robert    Posted 01-20-2002 at 09:21:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Rita Kearns    Posted 08-21-2005 at 11:22:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are chickens running around our neighborhood; one hen has 9 chics and two of them (especially one of them) have a bulging eye that is out of the socket. One scrape of anything and she will lose it.....entirely. It is horrible looking. The other eye has an oncoming really bad sore @ the bottom. I have her in a cage outside and have been putting antibiotic ointment on her. Also, she has lost some feathers on both wings, upper part.
I have watched the mother hen break some of them up when fighting. She is really a great mommy.
Could this be a disease or could they have been fighting when losing the eyes? I have never seen anything as cruel for a baby to deal with. They are only about 3/4 weeks old and so precious!
If it is something she can't overcome; I will take her to the vet (to have her put to sleep) I can't watch her suffer much longer. She eats and drinks great, somehow I think that is a good sign. If her other eye bulges, she will be totally blind. It doesn't look to good either, dhe does squint with it.

Please, please tell me some good news; thank you,

Rita Kearns

shirley nielsen    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:33:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
dog ingered chicken

Doris Ballard    Posted 12-16-2001 at 18:23:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Peace Cathy!

What you write makes me think that your little Penelope is simply going through the normal moulting process.

My chickens all stopped laying ... except for an occasional egg ... back fairly early in the fall, and they all looked really really rough because their feathers were falling out. Now, most of them have their feathers back, and they all began laying again around Thanksgiving time.

You can't do much about the feathers, but they will grow back, and she'll be in nice full plumage for winter. About the eggs, if you want her to lay through the winter, you would have to her inside someplace where you can provide her with artificial light. Once the moulting is over, if you have artificial lights on, they will begin to lay eggs again. If she's not feathered up again, and she's still not laying, I'm guessing that you're in a warmer climate than I am - (I'm in New England.)

Of course, it could be something completely different ... however, it really does sound like a fall moult.

Hope this helps!

Merry Christmas!

leeann    Posted 10-18-2005 at 17:57:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 11 chickens, one of the chickens feathers are all falling out. When I picked her up to check her feathers just droped off more. Is she getting old? I think she's about four or five years old. What should I do for her.

Doris    Posted 07-08-2001 at 15:33:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
She lived ... and we figured it had to be
rhubarb leaves. She's still not up to par,
but she's looking a lot better.

Thanks for the answers.

Tom A    Posted 06-21-2001 at 06:52:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not sure this is your problem, but we lost a chicken to something like what you describe. She went downhill very quickly, in just a few hours. Had her autopsied at the local extension service...turns out she had an egg get outside the falopian tube and into her body cavity where it then broke. Essentially caused a major internal infection. Vet who did the post said there wasn't anything that could have been done, and that it is a 'not uncommon' ailment.

good luck,

geo in MI    Posted 06-20-2001 at 07:19:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bee sting???

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