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post #11 of 16
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I did read up on that ... but it says her abdomen should feel squishy. It's hard. She did eat a bit of cucumber tonight. She pecked a bit at the grass, but I really think she was pecking the water droplets. Poor girl.
post #12 of 16

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/814208/hens-abdomen-hard-help

 

Quote: cafarmgirl
 Do you mean that she has generalized lower abdomen swelling?  And it feels tight and hard?  If so, that is ascites, a buildup of fluid in the abdomen.  If she is waddling when she walks that's likely what's going on.  The causes for ascites can be anything from egg laying issues like internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis to other major organ problems such as a heart problems or problems with the liver/kidneys, or tumors.  None of them are a good prognosis.  Some people drain the fluid from the abdomen with a large gauge needle or have a vet do it.  It makes the hen temporarily more comfortable but does not solve the underlying problem.  The end result is always the same eventually.

 

Sorry I can't be of more help... Would you consider trying to drain her and see what comes out? :/

 

Edit to add: Now that I read about kidney issues, that squirt of pure liquid that came out could indicate kidney disease/failure.

 

I really hope I'm wrong and that the swelling goes away and she returns to normal after a full recovery!

 

MrsB


Edited by MrsBrooke - 4/7/16 at 10:43am

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"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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post #13 of 16
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RIP my sweet Penny girl sad.png
post #14 of 16
I am sorry for your loss.

Penny was absolutely beautiful. Sometimes, they are just taken too soon.

And please don't blame yourself. I feel there is very little you could have done, besides everything you did.

RIP Penny ♡

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

Reply

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

Reply
post #15 of 16

I am so sorry you lost your pretty hen. I was reading this hoping she would pull through. It sounds like you took good care of her and tried everything you could.

post #16 of 16
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Thank you. 2 nights mornings ago I realized she had egg perintitis. I treated her for everything else, but didn't see the signs for that in time. She was pretty bad last night, I prayed she would die overnight because I just didn't want to watch her suffer anymore. I spent a good part of the night researching home euthanasia sad.png She was gone this am. Our first loss. My youngest said she's waiting for Penny to feel better. Hard lesson learned but a good lesson on illness for me.

Thanks you all for your help and kind words.
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