I wanted to share our recent experience with Bellina, we were unaware she had Egg Peritonitis until we took her to the vet, she had been quiet and not eating for some days. He took a scan of her stomach and it showed lots of liquid. His first reaction was to put her down but we really didn't want this as we had only just lost another chicken a week earlier (we weren't aware of the cause at the time but it seems to have been Egg Peritonitis) So he offered us the surgery (he had only done this once before on a prize eagle) We were confident that Bellina would be ok, she was still very alert and not weak and overall a very strong bird. He was happy to go ahead with it within the hour of us taking her. He explained that he would remove her ovaries and that egg laying would not be possible again - we had absolutely no issue with this as she is a pet more than anything, full of character and eggs really aren't of importance. A couple of hours later we got the call that she was ok, he had removed a lot of liquid but her insides were quite messy. She had some antibiotics, anti-inflamatory and came home that day. Her underneath got swollen a couple of days later so we had to take her back to get more antibiotics, it's now over a week since she had the operation and she's fine, there is still slight swelling underneath, and we are giving her Lexicom (anti-inflamitory and pain medication) every other day for now. Getting her to eat after the operation was tricky, we've tried every food you can think of; tuna, cat food, grated cheese, scrambled egg, toast (soaked in water)...every day varies - whaterver she takes is good. Watermelon seems to be the best option now. She's still not back to her usual self, may take some time, but we're happy she's still with us and slowly recovering. The operation cost us £100 and our vet was really good. So, it's an option, it worked for us but you need to have the will to help afterwards as much as possible, making sure they drink, eat and not just hide away... Any surgery is obviously a risk so you need to bear this in mind with your chicken, Bellina is such a strong bird, we were prepared to take that chance... We were lucky. I've also posted this on another chicken forum as I want more people to be aware that there is a cure, I have no idea how popular this is or how many of you have gone with it so wanted to tell you of the success we had. If you have any quesions, get in touch!
Edited by curerbell - 8/5/12 at 12:55pm