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Projectile yellow liquid exiting vent in hen... egg bound? Something else?

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Leghorn has been in the lay box for 2 and a half hours. Her stomach is covered in liquid thats leaking from her vent. Appears to be clear. Area around vent is contracting as if she is trying to lay an egg. I picked her up to have a look and then sat her back on the floor and she stumbled a bit and then squated and yellow liquid shot out her vent. I have checked for egg bound. I went straight in and all i could feel was skin to my middle knuckle. I felt around gently and she shot out that yellow liquid a few more times. I felt her tummy area abit and didnt notice anything abnormal.

Comb appears pale and her breathing may have sounded off or she could have just been upset that i kept picking her up. She has no fight in her. She just lays there when i pick her up even with my finget up her butt.


Whats wrong with my leghorn??
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The yellow liquid is about the consistency of egg yolk. Maybe a bit runnier. I didn't notice any fowl smell but i didnt get my nose down in it.
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Could it be egg yolk peronitis? Does it look like egg? If not maybe its worms? Is there anything moving in her poop if you look closely? Seperate her, give her a bath, dry her off, and give her some electrolytes and food.
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No worms in the yellow liquid. She is drinking a bit i have separated her.

I looked up the egg yolk peronitis and it does seem like that might be it. Any luck on a treatment? After i realized it wasnt egg bound i figured some type of infection.
Edited by Stehiiboo - 3/26/16 at 3:29pm
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Keep watch on her. Is there an avian vet near you?
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Originally Posted by Stehiiboo View Post

No worms in the yellow liquid. She is drinking a bit i have separated her.

I looked up the egg yolk peronitis and it does seem like that might be it. Any luck on a treatment? After i realized it wasnt egg bound i figured some type of infection.

It sounds like egg binding, but the poo reminds me of blackhead. Can you possibly post a video of her trying to lay? How old is she? Good luck!

Regards,
Leaf
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It sounds like egg binding, but the poo reminds me of blackhead. Can you possibly post a video of her trying to lay? How old is she? Good luck!

Regards,
Leaf

I do not know how old she is im thinking 2.

Ive determined its not egg bound. I'm going to end her suffering in the morning and I'll have a look within. I really strongly believe it is the egg yolk peronitis. If it is blackhead ill be able to tell as well but im betting as soon as I cut her open the egg yolk will be confirmed.

Which is a shame because I don't want my birds to suffer. Theyre not pets but when its the end i want it to be quick and shes suffering right now. Not only that but her death will be for nothing other than ending that pain because i will not eat her since she is ill.
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Originally Posted by Stehiiboo View Post

I do not know how old she is im thinking 2.

Ive determined its not egg bound. I'm going to end her suffering in the morning and I'll have a look within. I really strongly believe it is the egg yolk peronitis. If it is blackhead ill be able to tell as well but im betting as soon as I cut her open the egg yolk will be confirmed.

Which is a shame because I don't want my birds to suffer. Theyre not pets but when its the end i want it to be quick and shes suffering right now. Not only that but her death will be for nothing other than ending that pain because i will not eat her since she is ill.

At least she won't be suffering any longer. Definitely do a necropsy and post pictures for others if you can. She can still be used for dog/cat food or at least turned into fertilizer. You can also use her feathers and give the feet to dogs/cats, so she won't be going to totally to waste. Sorry you have to euthanize. hugs.gif

Regards,
Leaf
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