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Hi everyone! I have a two year old brahma, Shelby, who has a history of egg yolk peritonitis. She started with a swollen, distended abdomen last fall. We took her to the vet, they were able to aspirate yolk contents from her belly. She was put on antibiotics and anti inflammatorys and she got better. She returned to normal in the late fall when she stopped laying. She started laying again about two months ago and the symptoms returned, distended abdomen, walking with tail down, etc. I took her to the vet on Monday. They put her back on antibiotics and antiinflammatorys and also inserted a deslorelin acetate implant to prevent her from laying. She acted normal up until the past two days. All she wants to do is lay in the nesting box inside the coop. I have worked the last two days so I've been unable to see her throughout the day. When I put them to bed on Thursday night she was in the nesting box and when I let them out Friday morning she was still there. She was still there when I returned home from work last night. However, I know she had to get up sometime during the day yesterday because there was an egg under her that was not hers. I physically removed her from the coop last night and put her on the ground. She immediately began eating, scratching, drinking, and interacting with the other girls. When I put them all back in the run, she ate a little then immediately returned to the nesting box in the coop. This morning she remains in there. I have put food and water in front of her. She just seems depressed. Has anyone else had this happen with the implant? Is it normal? Will she return to normal? i am so worried. My girls are family pets and I love her so much. Any advice is much appreciated!!! 

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She just sounds broody. I would leave her alone and see if she sticks with it. Give her a few day old chicks in 2 weeks. Good to have a job.
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Thanks for your response. I agree with you. I went out to clean the coop and had to move her to clean it. She had actually taken a duck egg that had been in the box next to her and put it under her. Again when I put her down, she was acting normal. She stayed out and ate and took a dirt bath and went back into the coop. I guess the implant changed her hormones and caused her to be broody. I'll continue to keep an eye on her but appreciate your feedback :)

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