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2 weeks ago I noticed my hen, Lucky, resting frequently and she appeared to be pushing. I examined her. My findings...
Egg in track BUT I cannot feel skin to shell...it's like there is no opening
Stomach bloated like overfull waterballoon
She didn't seem to be in pain.
I brought her in, soaked her in warm/hot tub for 30 min, massaged her and lived her with vasoline.
I crushed a Tums and some eggshells, mixed it with yogurt and she gobbled it down. Waited for egg.... Nothing sad.png

Did this everyday for 1st week... everything I read said she would be dead in 48 hours and that if she was a bound she wont poop, she does poop. Not as much as regular.

By week 2 she shows distress, wings hanging down, her standing like a penguin and she doesn't like it when I come to do her exam. So I switch to the soaking and the exam every other day. She eats well and she drinks well and she poops a little less than normal.

Is it possible she has a birth defect and her vent is closed or maybe the egg is blocking the opening??
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Originally Posted by Chickie Pi View Post

2 weeks ago I noticed my hen, Lucky, resting frequently and she appeared to be pushing. I examined her. My findings...
Egg in track BUT I cannot feel skin to shell...it's like there is no opening
Stomach bloated like overfull waterballoon
She didn't seem to be in pain.
I brought her in, soaked her in warm/hot tub for 30 min, massaged her and lived her with vasoline.
I crushed a Tums and some eggshells, mixed it with yogurt and she gobbled it down. Waited for egg.... Nothing sad.png

Did this everyday for 1st week... everything I read said she would be dead in 48 hours and that if she was a bound she wont poop, she does poop. Not as much as regular.

By week 2 she shows distress, wings hanging down, her standing like a penguin and she doesn't like it when I come to do her exam. So I switch to the soaking and the exam every other day. She eats well and she drinks well and she poops a little less than normal.

Is it possible she has a birth defect and her vent is closed or maybe the egg is blocking the opening??

How old is she?

Has she every layed an egg for you?

Any photos?

 

IMO With the symptoms you are describing it sounds like she has an internal laying problem. It could be Ascites, Peritonitis, Salphingitis  or other similar issued.

Some people drain the fluid that is built and give antibiotics to give some relief/supportive care and fight any secondary bacterial infections from the fluid build up in the abdomen

 

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1074049/chicken-abdomen-like-water-balloon#post_16400670

post #3 of 9
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She is almost a year
I do not think she has ever laid
post #4 of 9
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Sorry she looks so dirty....took her out to socialise yesterday and she soaked it up in a dust bath
post #5 of 9
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Hmmm..my pics dont seem to be making it through
post #6 of 9

How is she?

post #7 of 9
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She is still rock'n. I have watched a few videos on relieving the fluid..got a lot more research to do.
post #8 of 9

Glad to hear she is still going.

If you are successful in relieving the fluid, let us know what you did and any information/tutorials that you found helpful.

It will be most helpful for future reference in helping someone else.

post #9 of 9
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Lucky is still here. She doesn't seem to be in pain but she does get tired throughout the day. I really can't believe this.
Her swelling does up and down from day to day.
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