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Barred rock with sour crop and hard swollen abdomen

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Help, I need advice - my 3.5 year old barred rock hen became ill this weekend. It fit all the symptoms of sour crop - and with my assistance she vomited up some foul stuff yesterday evening. Her crop did not re-fill overnight but today her abdomen is swollen & hard. I gave her an Epson salt bath & felt inside her cloaca for an egg but didn't find one. She has not laid an egg in a very long time. She's pooping a lot - mostly watery white & green, so she not stopped up. Her comb is shrunken and darker than it used to be. She drinks water and after I withheld food for 24 hrs starting yesterday afternoon when I gave her some plain yogurt this evening she ate quite a bit. At times her breathing is slightly labored - her chest goes up & down and her bill opens slightly. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong & how I might help her? I've been looking on-line for information but haven't found this combination of symptoms. Has anyone else experienced this and had any success keeping a chicken alive?

 

Thanks in advance!

My flock - 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Blue Andalusians, 1 Black Australorp, 3 Easter Eggers, and 1 Buff Orpington, and 2 dogs (1 Australian shepherd mix, & 1 Irish Terrier)
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My flock - 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Blue Andalusians, 1 Black Australorp, 3 Easter Eggers, and 1 Buff Orpington, and 2 dogs (1 Australian shepherd mix, & 1 Irish Terrier)
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Here's some information on causes of swollen abdomen and sour crop and some poo identification.

Has she been wormed?

What type of foods/treats do you feed?

 

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/06/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour.html

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