Hi Thanks, ***** ***** much better today, and has been walking, slowly, round the house. I am keeping her in the dark from 4pm till 9am to try to prevent her producing any more eggs. Her tempertature is normal, so is her breathing. I am keeping her in the bath so she stays warm ( empty bath of course) and doesnt go too far. Shes eaten well, and pooed nearly normally too. She talks to us and seems very normal except for a drooped tail and full abdomen. I hope her body can reabsorb the eggs over time or perhaps I am too optomistic. If she seemed distressed I would take a more proactive stance. I am giving her calcium and omega 3 supplements. She is a pet rather than a producer and very sweet, her name is Jessica.
I have had a variety of sick hens over the years and have never lost one to illness yet, or at least when they have died it has been quite sudden and unexpected. My first hens had prolapsed egg vents which I was able to put back, they lives happily and laid well.Some of these rescue birds lay 3 ounce eggs, got to be a strain, dont know which one but suspect it has been Jessica.
Thanks for your reassuring advice. And you are right, finance does come in to this. The hen I had with egg peritonitus cost about £60 in fees and injections, but she got well and lived and laid over the next year. Some of these rescue hens look so neglected, even though Jessica and her companions came from a free range farm they had bare pecked patches and few feathers, Jessica doesn't know she can eat worms, and ignores them.
They are very good company and follow us all up and down the garden, in the work shop, into the house, we have a smallholding with a couple acres of woodland. I hope I can continue to give you good news.
Thanks.Well if she doesn't reabsob, perhaps she can live with them. Oh dear what a dilema. This must be the worst part of keeping these rescue hens. They do sometimes come with problems, fingers crossed that she can somehow cope and be "happy". Will keep you posted. most of my neighbours are farmers and of course think I am rather stupid to consider her as a being. But she is. No matter how simple she may be, she has feelings. Not wishing to anthropamorphise her, she deserves consideration and respect. Lets hope mother nature has a simple solution to this problem. They are very resourceful creatures. I admire their evolution, they give eggs, then meat, and feathers, and manure. Such a generous creature.
Well Micheal, shes seems about the same, eating a reasonable amount, having little walks though sitting a lot not that she has much space to walk about, very wet and cold out today so she cant go out. She doesn't look like a sick hen, however after being active she is breathing more noticably. She has been making a nest with the straw in her pen in the kitchen. A waiting game. Will let you know how things continue.
Kind regards ***** *****
Jessica is doing very well, eating and drinking well, bright and interested in what's going on.She is walking a little better I think although her abdomen is still as full, it makes her waddle like a duck, slowly. She is still in the kitchen next to the range , too cold outside for her but when the summer house warms up today I will put her in there for a few hours and see how she goes and let the others in there too.
Perhaps she will just need extra care till the warmer weather comes, she seems to alive to cull. I hope I am doing the right thing, pretty sure I am, but we can easily see what we want to see can't we.What do you think ? This is where I vasilate between animal world and human world, just because she isn't as able as most hens does she need "removing".
Anyway she is still with us. Kind regards
H i Michael,
yes I can imagine your dilemma. I guess that until something else presents its self, and while she is so "normal" I will let nature take its course. She spent several hours outside in the winter sun with the other gilrs, thay all went for a dust bath and stayed together, though Jessica didnt go far from me, as I worked outside to be near them. Definetely not obesity, and if she had salpingitis would she have a raised temperature. I had thought of cysts and tumours but the hard egg shapes are so obvious. Perhaps heart failure as a result of the extra weight/mass she is carrying.
When she was negotiating the garden and seemed unsteady on her legs she used her wings to steady herself.
I would like your honest opinion, do you think I should let this carry on?
I will keep you posted. I would never force feed her, but she is eating well though its easier for her to eat and drink from a dish at her shoulder height. Thank you so much for your interest.