6mo Australorp pullet with fluid-filled abdomen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlazeJester, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    This girl has been larger/heavier than the others since she was 4 months old. I just picked her up immediately after holding my other BA and realized she weighs almost twice as much and has a large, swollen abdomen.

    Almost everyone has started laying in the past week but I've yet to catch her in the nest box - and am now concerned I need to drain her abdomen. Fortunately I'm a graduate student in chemistry and have access to everything I need - just need the information. Where do I insert the needle? Should I isolate her or leave her with the flock? She seems fine other than having the huge belly.

    As per the list:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Black Australorp, 6 mos, much heavier than all other birds
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Fluid-filled swollen abdomen.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? Unknown. Has been larger/heavier than others for 2 months. Just noticed swelling.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Coming into lay?
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Observed her free ranging today with normal appetite. Not around for usual breakfast/dinner time.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Unknown
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? None
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? Low-cost self-treatment
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Swollen abdomen - her feathers are so thick from winter fluff that you can't see it well.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use 8'x8' hardware cloth run with roost, covered when rainy. Sometimes free-ranging in backyard. Bedding is pine shavings over sand.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens


    I have no experience with a swollen abdomen in a hen, but wanted to let you know that there is a condition called peritonitis that could mean she might need an antibiotic. So, if you drain the fluid, you might want to consider this.

    this is ascites for another reason

    fatty liver syndrome

    see post #2 and there is mention of threads that you might be able to search for

    I hope some of this helps.

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