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I have had a very rare occasion where a hen had a bloaty abdomen and with a round of antibiotics, she got completely better and went on to survive and lay eggs regularly again. That one hen was my splash Ameraucana hen, Snow.

 

 

The bad news is that many do seem to get better for a time, but they usually never lay eggs again and eventually, they die, even if they never have a bloated abdomen again. I just lost my beautiful blue barred EE, Riley, exactly that way. Her abdomen was back to normal for quite some time, but she never really seemed quite her perky self and she never laid another egg. This went on for several months and a few weeks ago, found her dead under the roost. As I carried her to bury her, her abdomen seemed slightly poochy again, like fluid was just beginning to build again. She was laying internally or had ovarian cancer--hard to say, because, this time, we didn't have the heart to open this hen up and look. We've seen it so many times already, we knew what we'd find.
 

 

Btw, I did not drain Riley and I rarely drain unless the abdomen unless it's as large as a bowling ball like my Olivia's was.

 

These threads may be helpful to you.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=362422

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=195347

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/498260/video-reba-squat-walks-update-rip-beautiful-reba/50#post_8068877

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/638993/speckledhens-experiences-on-egg-reproduction-production-necropsy


What antibiotic did you treat her with? How much daily and how long please?? Pleas explain...

Thanks,

Ta

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What antibiotic did you treat her with? How much daily and how long please?? Pleas explain...

Thanks,

Ta


Back then, I used penicillin, injections at about 3/4 cc daily in the breast muscle for 5 days. However, since I didn't know what caused the problem, I didn't know if it started as an ecoli infection or not. Penicillin does not touch ecoli. You'd need something different for that. The state vet said to treat with Duramycin for 2 weeks if i suspected an internal infection or he could call in a prescription for Amoxicillin drops to my own pharmacy in my name to give the hen.

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~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

Blue Roo Creations Etsy is BACK! See us on Facebook!

"You don't breed stupid" & "Hens are not vending machines" ~speckledhen

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post #43 of 48

I think the best antibiotic to treat E. coli is Baytril, Cipro, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate for humans) or Clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanate for animals). Would be best to consult a veterinarian.

 

-Kathy

post #44 of 48
I am going to start the milk thistle but wanted clarification if I could get it. I bought 70 mg tablets. What dose of tablets are you referring to when you suggest 2oz of water to one crushed tablet? Thank you
post #45 of 48

Hi !   

 

I read your post on Ascites.  My chicken is sick with the same symptoms and is acting super confused.   I separated her from the other three.   I have no idea how to drain a chicken  can you tell me where I can watch tha on line before I try this.

 

Thank you for any help you can offer.

 

Mb

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Hi !   

 

I read your post on Ascites.  My chicken is sick with the same symptoms and is acting super confused.   I separated her from the other three.   I have no idea how to drain a chicken  can you tell me where I can watch tha on line before I try this.

 

Thank you for any help you can offer.

 

Mb


We're dealing with the same thing right now.  

Here's a couple links that show how to drain a chicken:  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vx0ZqfQSs8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuRyB3gGA2c

 

Hope this helps!  

 

post #47 of 48

My Austrlorp Hen~ Mandavilla has lived 1 1/2 years now with this swollen tummy it leaks blood not puss now ...and I seen her lay an egg yesterday! I have treated her daily by hand organic way...she seems happy enough. My vet told me to not drain her because of possible kill her. I treated her completely well then it came back but she is a happy hen with her friends! She eats non GMO feed Tuckers now. I give her milk thistle daily, I mixed one milk thistle natures way brand to 5ml water and give her 1/4 dropper daily on a bite of dry oats with, organic garlic small slice, turmeric sprinkle, collidial silver spray, organic oregano leaves broke up on oats just another to get it all down with manna about 5 pieces. Make sure to have oyster shell out and grit at all times too and fresh water daily. I spray collidal silver on her sore tummy area as needed daily if weather is not to chilly as winter to not chill her body temperature. Make sure you have a nest box area that is quiet for her to lay in if she wants to go away from others chickens and lay down to rest...this is the nature way I have done with lots of prayers! I use RX Vet too as needed on my birds if crowns look not nature all red...helps them breath better and with sickness!!

 

Happy Sunny Days,

Gods little animals we get to watch after...what a blessing!!

Ta

post #48 of 48

Hi, Everyone! I'm a total newbie when it comes to taking care of chickens and I'm still learning as I go. About a week or so ago, I noticed one of my girls' tummy was swollen and it was walking like a penguin. I separated her from her flock and it's just heartbreaking to see her watch the others through the screen door. She just stands there staring at them play:hit. After searching and searching the web for what could be causing this. I gave her epsom salt baths and gave her calcium supplements thinking maybe she was egg bound but no luck. I finally narrowed it down to it being Ascites. My poor girl has been suffering all this time and i've been so frustrated trying to figure out what to do for little Bonbon. Thanks to the forums on BackYardChickens I'm feeling a bit more confident that I can drain her swollen tummy and get her back to normal; or something close to it anyways. I don't even care if she ever lays eggs again! i just want her to have a happy and comfortable life!

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