Chicken with swelled abdomen, suddenly died, then swelling was gone....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KyBigBird, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. KyBigBird

    KyBigBird Hatching

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    I had an Americana hen who was about 6 years old and of course was my favorite hen. She hadn't laid much this year, so I attributed it to her age. I noticed about 4 weeks ago that her abdomen was swelled. She still looked healthy, eating and drinking, but felt a little thin around the keel bone. Today, I went to the chicken lot and found her on her back dead. No sign of trauma. No blood, no poo, just some water came out of her mouth when I picked her up. I looked her over and noticed her abdomen was no longer swelled. Has anyone else had this happen? Just wondering if it could have been a tumor that burst and caused her sudden death. No signs of any kind of tumor drainage that I could find.
     
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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    Possibly it was an impacted crop?
     
  3. KyBigBird

    KyBigBird Hatching

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    iwiw60, that was a thought but her crop seemed fine. It would be empty every morn and no foul smell or yeasty smell on her breath.
     
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