Abdomen filling with fluid

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

  1. Alliesmom

    Alliesmom Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 28, 2012
    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.

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    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

    Dec 28, 2016
    I'm not too familiar with the situation, but it may be ascites.
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
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  5. BirdNerdSophie

    BirdNerdSophie Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2017
    Surrey, UK.
    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 Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    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 Overrun With Chickens

    :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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