I have lost two young hens (3 years) in the last year to what seems to be the same illness and was hoping someone could tell me what this might be and whether it is contagious.
the first hen got sick two years ago. When we took her to the vet, he said that he felt a mass in her abdomen, but could not diagnose without operating. We gave her a course of antibiotics and she bounced back and was healthy for a year. after a year, she got ill again, but we were able to bring her back using grapefruit extract, gatorade, and garlic. Then, about six months later she fell ill again and this time we had to put her down. about six months after Olive died another of our hens fell ill. Again we took her to the vet and again he felt a mass in her abdomen. We game her a course of antibiotics and like Olive, she bounced back, but unlike Olive, when was only well for a month before getting sick again. We gave her another course of antibiotics, but she died yesterday.
I am trying to figure out whether this is all a coincidence, or whether this is a contagious illness passed from Olive to Clementine. It seems strange that a contagious illness would take so long to make another bird sick (two years after Olive first became ill Clementine got sick.)
Any ideas or similar experiences would be very helpful. I have three remaining hens and don't want them to come down with the same thing.