We have 6 young laying hens about 5 mos old, supposedly black orpington breed but not sure. None have begun laying but are due to very soon. Within the last day one has become lethargic, squatting when all the other bids race to get scraps, not interested in eating or drinking, can walk right up to her and pick her up, vent is pulsing as she breathes. lost a bunch of feathers on her neck, not sure if it was the other birds or if she tore them out, wouldn't go into the coop tonight and was sitting out in the rain...we figured it could be a stuck egg (it would be her first) and did the warm water bath and massage on her abdomen to try to free up an egg if there is one stuck. Not really sure how to tell if its an egg stuck, cant feel what would be an egg.
Any suggestions, we have her in a clean box full of straw indoors.
That sounds like one of my birds last year, with all the same lethargic descriptions. She had labored breathing and her belly seemed exceptionally squishy like a water balloon and her comb had gone from red to a dark dull purple. I had no idea what was wrong with her and ended up dispatching her after two or three days of her clearly being miserable and not getting any better. I would later mention this to another a friend in passing who also raises birds and he mentioned how amazing applecider vinegar (raw, unfiltered with the mother kind, like Bragg) is for curing a lot of hard to identify chicken ailments. I'm not sure what the vinegar:water ratio is to administer, but perhaps this may help your bird.
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posted 2 years ago
After checking in on her this morning there's not much apple cider vinegar is going to do for her:( rigor mortis has set in... Thank you for the suggestions though, have been using acv and also diatomaceous earth with them regularly and will keep doing so.
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