Ascites, it's not contagious is it?

coloradochick

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One of my young girls passed lastnight. And from the feel of her little body and the symptoms she was showing I'm assuming it was Ascites. I'm going to thouroughly clean the coop and hoping it's not contagious.
 

coloradochick

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Her whole body, crop, belly and abdomen were fluid filled. When I picked her body up this morning a clear fluid came out of her vent.
 

chookchick

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From what I have read on here it is not contagious, more a symptom of liver failure or something. Some people have had chickens that had ascites for quite a long time. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Sorry about your hen! If you are brave you could open her up and see what was up.
 

coloradochick

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Dec 19, 2007
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Brighton, CO
Nope, it was sad enough getting her out of the coop this morning. I'm not sure I could cut into her. Just keeping a close eye on the rest of the crew and so far no signs of this in them.


thanks for the help
 

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