Yikes! Look at this!! Not what we expected at all... :(
My hen has had peritoneal fluid accumulating and drained 4 times between June - and the first week of November (picture below after first time). We were assuming egg yolk peritonitis and that it would kill her eventually, but she took to it pretty well and was so much more comfortable that we kept doing it as long as it was a problem. After her last drain in November, it seemed to stop and she was doing incredibly well: bright, full of energy, running getting excited about food etc. we couldn't believe how well she was doing.
Then, a few weeks ago, after a week of heavy rains, she started to have diarrhea - which according to the poop pictures looked like she had clostridium perfingens. I was afraid she'd gotten into some moldy grain when the floor in the coop got wet - but the vet didn't think so - but didn't test for it. He gave me a 7 day course of antibiotics to give her - but the diarrhea did't go away. Last Sunday I cut off some vent feathers and cleaned her rear because it was so poopy.... and noticed at that time that she seemed to have some peritoneal fluid.
Then yesterday I noticed that she'd accumulated a *lot* more fluid and her appetite was way down. So I took her back to the vet since she had so much fluid. I was not surprised that he removed about 800cc of fluid - but I was shocked that it was green! (picture above) Previously, it was a yellow brown (pic below).
The vet said her gall bladder was involved and that maybe she has a liver tumor pushing on the gallbladder. It was hard to get anything else from him (he's Chinese and his engilsh isn't very good) So I've been trying to find out more about chicken gall bladders but there is very little info about them in live chickens.
I'm sadly assuming she's not going to be with us much longer. (she's been living on borrowed time as it is)... but I'd like to know if there is anything at all I can do for her . I'd like to find out what might be going on and to see if anyone has any info or experience or suggestions about this. Would it have ruptured? If it did, can it heal or will it kill her - and if so, how soon? Is she in pain? If so, is there anything I can give her for it?
Today she is even pickier about food and seems a bit week, but is hanging out with my other two chickens....
Edited by amyduck - 2/20/16 at 4:18pm