Abdomen filling with fluid

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alliesmom, May 18, 2017.

  1. Alliesmom

    Alliesmom Out Of The Brooder

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    IMG_2043.JPG i have a hen who is probably about 2 years and noticed she has swelling in her lower abdomen. I initially thought egg bound but that doesn't seem to be the case. I thought maybe peritonitis. Tried to drain area and got about 20cc of a dark brown fluid lower right quadrant. Tried the left quadrant but wasn't able to
    Withdraw fluid. I stopped after it seemed it was stressing her too much.

    I have a call into my vet but probably won't hear back until tomorrow.

    Want to see if anyone else has had this happen or any suggestions. I attached some pictures too.

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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate to say this, and I hope I'm wrong. I was always told a chicken with fluid in the abdomen is caused by cancer.
     
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  3. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not too familiar with the situation, but it may be ascites.
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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  5. BirdNerdSophie

    BirdNerdSophie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had a few of my hens recently pass/made the decision to PTS from huge abdomen swelling. We drained a few and the liquid was lighter than yours and yolk came out too. Good luck with your lady - let us know what the vet thinks.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I agree with the others, could be cancer or Ascites. Usually the fluid I have seen from Ascites is yellow, but I suppose it could be another color. Whatever the cause - cancer, Ascites, etc., they have similar symptoms. Draining the fluid can give relief for a period time.

    I'm sorry but it doesn't look good. Love her up and do the best you can to make her comfortable:hugs
     
  7. calichicken

    calichicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    :hugs:hugsHi There!
    My girl had this condition and eventually passed in January :( We drained the fluid periodically for about 5 months and she was comfortable and happy. But the last time the fluid was drained, she had a really hard time and did not recover. She had some type of tumor the vet could feel which cause her ascites. So sorry I don't have a better experience to share :hugs
     

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