Several weeks it took to reach the end. I have had several hens over the years that showed the penguin-like stance. Loss of energy, but still getting around. Poopy-butts, (but not every poopy-butted hen goes south), slowing down, and then 3-4 weeks later getting the penguin look.
I've only x-rayed one of these hens, and only because I read the Avian Disease Manual that was a text book of a vet friend. "Eggs regurgitated into peritoneal cavity. Cause unknown. Hard or soft shelled eggs/material in peritoneal cavity". That's what we saw on x-ray. Not much help I know. Don't ever read this book. How do chickens survive with all the stuff that can get them?
But, in Damerow's Chicken Health Handbook, she writes of colibacillosis as another cause of the penguin-like stance, and they die within six months.
There are eight million things that can make a chicken sick. Keeping the sick ones warm and feeding a high protein feed, and giving the right antibiotic seems to be the treatment for many of them.
My head is swimming right now, just 'cause I looked at the disease manual.
Jingles to Cindy C. You must be doing the right things as she feels better.
*sigh* not really, but not worse either. The last 36 hours have produced poop that's much more towards the normal looking end of things, but still occasionally just "water".
She clucks a lot when she poops, like it's not comfortable
I got the KY out last night but just wasn't sure how far I could go. There's something gritty at the opening on the right, smooth on the left. Honestly, it's *hard* back there, about the size of an egg. I just don't know how much I can do, how far I can get a finger in there, etc. If I do nothing and it's an egg, she's going to die. If I do something to try to get it out and it breaks, she's probably going to die
She eats great if you offer it to her - bugs, food, pumpkin, no keen on oatmeal, loves eggs. But then it's as if she just forgets about it until the next time it's offered.
I put her outside for a few hours today in the sun - she enjoyed that, laying over and stretching her wings out. She pecked in the dirt I dug up, but didn't offer any scratching on her own. I've noticed she does not scratch the straw *at all* in the crate, nor did she outside. She's just not comfortable
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Well crud. Maybe there's a vet that will check her all out for you? It will ease your mind and it might be good to get some help with it one way or another... it can drag out forever with a sick chicken! A bird vet might be a good help maybe if you can even call one for a quick phone consultation...
I don't think it does-I feed mine eggs all the time. Just don't have it sitting in broken shell particles when you feed it to her, give it a stir. if you have the right nesting boxes (9 inches high) and pick up your eggs she won't start eating them when she's over all this.