Egg yolk peritonitis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicks Galore3, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    I noticed several days ago that my 3 year old white leghorn hen was all puffed up, not moving, and that her comb was almost all purple. I wasn't home until yesterday afternoon, and she was still like that. I separated her from the others so that I could keep a closer eye on her. It seems like her abdomen is swollen, and she has almost no feathers on her stomach. She doesn't walk much and slightly waddles when she does. She usually just stands there all puffed up. (she has a more upright stance than normal.)I am wondering because of her age and breed if it is egg yolk peritonitis. I'm not sure if she is eating and drinking, she does move around a little bit and is alert on and off. Is there anything I can do for her?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Those symptoms sound quite a bit like internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis. Reproductive cancer and ascites from fluid in the belly can also be common. Is her lower abdomen tight like it could be full of fluid? There is no magic cure for EYP, but with ascites, fluid can be removed occasionally to relieve pressure and make breathing easier. Some use antibiotics such as enrofloxacin to treat symptoms, but making the chicken comfortable is best.

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