Ascites-dead chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cmbird, May 1, 2016.

  1. cmbird

    cmbird Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel horrible, think I may have killed my chicken. The vet said had ascites and drained the fluid off her abdomen. She said the mass in her stomach would keep growing and kill her eventually. That was a couple months ago. Just recently her abdomen got large and hard and she wasn't moving around as much, ruffled feathers, holding one leg up. Today I took 35 cc's of yellow fluid off her abdomen. She started coughing as soon as I set her down and 5 minutes later she was dead. I'm sick over it, maybe if I let her be she would still be alive. I think right after i took the fluid off, the rooster may have jumped her. I was making sure he didn't but ran in the house quick and came out to find her dead with liquid around her face. Obviously I will never do that again. Any ideas what happened?
     
  2. gillnpunky

    gillnpunky Out Of The Brooder

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    if she has ascites there was liver failure, she would have died anyway, there was nothing you could do
     
  3. azygous

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    I'm familiar with acites since I had a Brahma hen who had it and I drained her myself as you did your hen. I can be pretty safe in assuring you that by draining the fluid you did not kill your hen. The procedure simply releases fluid that has accumulated in the outer tissues of the abdomen, and it was purely coincidental that your hen was at the point where it was inevitable that she was going to die since the disease that causes acites is always fatal.

    You can be comforted in knowing the first procedure the vet did gave her additional months of a good life she wouldn't have had otherwise. Please don't blame yourself for her death.
     
  4. cmbird

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    Thank you. She has been declining and the vet said to expect it. Trying not to feel like it's all my fault.
     
  5. cmbird

    cmbird Out Of The Brooder

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    I very much appreciate you telling me that. In trying to help her I was sure I killed her but the release of fluid makes sense. Maybe she would have lasted a few more days, so sad that it happened the way it did. I'm sorry you had to go through it too.
     

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