Alright- bear with me here.
So I have a hen who was droopy these past they days- droopy comb, not much energy, ect. I had a hen who was laying internally that presented the same way, so I figured it was best to just let her go.
I planned on butchering her this evening to put her out of her misery- internal laying never has a good outcome, and we have no vets in the area. But I figured as a last-ditch effort I'd stick a needle in her belly and see if it was acestites instead of internal laying.
Well, she was real quiet when I held her and didn't complain at all when I drained her. Typical acestites- I pulled about 100ml of fluid from her abdomen and, hopeful it wasn't internal laying, gave her some anti-biotics from the health store I have and a bit of milk thistle (in the hopes it would help her liver, since I've heard liver causes asceties.)
I noticed her crop felt small- as in only a few stones inside, and I wondered if her listlessness was being caused by impacted crop. So I gave her a big dose of olive oil and massaged her in the hopes of clearing it out. She started letting out some foul smelling gas from her mouth, which struck me as no right. I wrote it off to stuff getting nasty in her crop, but when I placed her in the chicken hospital for the night, she went to the bathroom.
Here's where I get the idea of a bowel obstruction- THERE WAS NO BROWN IN HER FECES. IT WAS ONLY LIQUID WHITE, LIKE THE STUFF ONTOP OF HEALTHY POO.
That was when I realized it was probably a bowel obstruction. The foul smelling gas, only stones in her crop, not eating, the poo- it all made sense now.
That being said- I have no idea what to do. I got two or three more good spoonfuls of olive oil into her, in the hopes it'd unblock whatever was stuck inside, and while I'm glad I finally know the problem- how should I treat it? I'm giving her Gatorade and olive oil, but what if it's not enough? Any ideas?