Egg Bound or Sterile Peritonitis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tiss, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    I have an 18mo old BO who hasn't laid an egg in months. She sits on the nest a few times a week and gets off singing, but doesn't lay. She eats well, hangs with my roo all day in the yard and doesn't appear to be in any distress.

    I decided to feel her abdomen tonight just to see if it was normal. It is distended and feels fluid-filled. She's a big girl anyway, but her abdomen feels like a softball sized water balloon. I felt my other hens to be sure and they didn't feel at all like that.

    Is she egg bound? Is it possible to be egg bound for 4 months and still walking around?

    What should I do for her?

    Any help is most appreciated.

    Edit:

    I've been doing some more research and it's looking like it could be sterile peritonitis. Is there anything I can do to make her recover, or do I just need to cull her?
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    Anybody?

    I'm thinking I'm going to have to cull her. I just want some other opinions first.
     
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    4,831
    37
    211
    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Sounds like an internal layer, check the site for that thread...
     
  4. chickenlover2251

    chickenlover2251 Out Of The Brooder

    31
    0
    22
    Aug 17, 2011
    One of our leghorns had yolk paritinitis. We put a big needle into her belly and had the fluid drained out A couple times a day. (we did a paracentesis). She is alive and healthy, though not laying anymore. Hope this helps.
     
  5. chickenlover2251

    chickenlover2251 Out Of The Brooder

    31
    0
    22
    Aug 17, 2011
    We also gave her a 10 day course of combipen
     
  6. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    Thank you. I looked up that thread and it does sound like this is the problem. I can't be spending the money to treat a bird who will never recover from the problem. We don't even have a vet who will see chickens around here. I guess I'll have to convince hubby to take care of her this weekend. [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

  8. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    Thanks for the links. I'm sure that is what she has. One site I found said that peritonitis can be sterile or septic based on the presence or absence of bacteria. She would pass quickly if it went septic so I'm guessing since she's been around for months with this that her case is sterile....for now.

    I don't have it in me to drain her when it will only recur and won't get her to start laying anyway.

    I sure hope my other birds don't come down with the same condition.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, sadly, it isn't a nice malfunction, but quite common, especially in hatchery stock. Their genetics are not that great.
     
  10. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    At least my DH brought me 3 new buffs this summer that should start laying soon. [​IMG]

    It's never fun to lose one though.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by