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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:17 pm 
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We have a hen who's tail feathers are pointing down - well, not up in the nice arch they should be. This is quite recent, the last 2 weeks. There's no sign of moult really... can't see any feathers lying about. Her wattles and combs still look upright and vibrant enough after 2 weeks and she is a little quieter perhaps but not noticibly uncomfortable. I am concerned as I know her tail should be up and arched. Should I worry? Thank you

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:59 pm 
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I usually take this as a sign that something isn't right. But if the chook is active, eating and still doing normal things like scratching in litter and her weight is good and poop looks pretty normal then I just watch and wait. I had a chook looking droopy tailed for a few days recently but she's fine now and is tail up.

Is she eating and pooping normally? What's her weight like? Have they been wormed recently?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:12 am 
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Thank you Rach. She is still a good weight, alert (although perhaps a little quieter) and as far as I can tell is eating and pooping normally. She's at my son's school so I only check them twice a day when I let them out and back in. I'll keep a close e eye on her. I will also worm then as this hasn't been done for ages.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:18 pm 
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Worming might do the trick :) I'd use Wormout tablets - that's a good quality wormer that will treat tapeworm as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:35 pm 
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Sadly this hen was eurhanased today. I'm very sad about this but the vet diagnosed fluid in her abdomen (which I felt her abdomen was bloated yesterday) and her crop was completely empty. The fluid was clear which apparently is indicative of an insidious disease or cancer. I made the decision to stop her discomfort now. This is the second hen we've lost in 3 years to an unknown disease. Very sad.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:36 am 
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I'm very sorry to hear that. Fluid in the abdomen does indicate a very significant problem... You made the right decision, hard as it is.

I hope that you don't have to face this kind of thing again for the foreseeable and that your flock stays happy and healthy.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:14 pm 
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Thank you Rach.

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