egg yolk peritonitis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GoldenSparrow, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is
    egg yolk peritonitis?

    how do they get it,?

    what are the signs of it?

    what can you do to prevent it?


    Thanks so much [​IMG]
     
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  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg yolk peritonitis is inflammation and infection caused by egg yolk in the abdominal cavity. There is no way to prevent this condition, and from what I have read there is no cure. Here is an article with more information. http://www.avianweb.com/eggyolkperitonitis.html
     
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    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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  4. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to bookmark these - I can never find these when I need them lol..
     
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  5. Sam Binkley

    Sam Binkley New Egg

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    Hell everyone,
    I just want to share with you my experience with my darling bantam cochin frizzle named Munchkin. About a week ago I noticed she wasn't eating very much. She was slow and labored in her walking and I noticed she was breathing heavily. When I picked her up I noticed she had a really messy bottom with matted poop on her feathers etc. So, I separated her from the flock, cleaned her up, administered antibiotics and and kept her warm. After a few days she looked the same. I thought maybe she was being moody/broody since a few of my hens have already began sitting in their boxes trying hatch their eggs.
    I returned her to the flock only to find her two days later in really bad shape. She had diarrhea, tail was down, not eating or drinking and her comb looked ashen. That was the last straw! I looked up an Avian specialist in San Diego and brought her in. Her diagnosis was egg yolk peritonitis. Her lower belly was swollen because it was filled with fluid. This cause her breathing difficulty because the belly is so close to the lungs. The condition is not preventable and is only 20 percent curable with treatment. In the end I decided to euthanize Munchkin and end her suffering.
    Prior to this, I had never heard of this condition so I wanted to share the symptoms with everyone because I was clueless when looking up what could be wrong with the two year old chicken. I was considering maybe she had worms-thank goodness I didn't administer the Vabazen!

    So the symptoms are:
    Heavy or labored breathing
    Labored walking (because the tummy is close to the legs and is filled with fluid-she is heavier than normal)
    Swollen tummy
    Diarrhea/messy bottom
    Loss of appetite
    Listlessness
    Comb starts to look sad and droopy
    Off by herself etc..

    Hope this helps the next person!

    In memory of my sweet girl Munchkin.

    Sam
     
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  6. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I'm so sorry for your loss!
     
  7. TwoTexans

    TwoTexans Out Of The Brooder

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    From my research, this is not as common in "breeder" stock as it is in...think "puppy mills" of the chicken world. I have a 20% chance of saving my favorite RIR who hit 2yrs old this past month. She was on deaths door literally, on my shoulder and could barely breath from the fluid buildup in her body. Took her down the mountain, two hour trip, and my vet extracted 8 OZ of fluid from her abdomin. She immediately started preening afterwards. She , feels better but this fight is not over by a long shot. It is a generic/hormone defect caused by what I consider the backyard/urban/pet/sustainable/knowwhereourfoodcomesfrom....chicken craze...which I will admit a membership in all forms. Big suppliers are just filling the "demand". Two to three years is what a lot of these poor girls get until the body shuts down...which leaves a lot of us heartbroken and questioning what we could have done better....
     
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  8. Cre8hive

    Cre8hive New Egg

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    Our chicken "Angel" has egg yolk peritonitis, but is rapidly recovering since we began giving her DURAMYCIN-10 (tetracyline hydrochloride soluble powder) just 1 day ago :). I was really surprised how little information there is about this. It is often misdiagnosed as Egg Bound and sounds like many don't make it. The easiest way to tell the difference is to gently feel the (out) sides of the vent, if she is egg-bound you will be able to feel the hard eggs within. Our story: We recently found one of our girls collapsed and weak in the coop. Her abdomen and vent were swollen. First thought it's an e-coli infection, and contacted our local grange to get antibiotics. Her sister had just started laying, and she was likely due to start too. We figured it was probably related to this, and suspected her to be egg-bound. Tried a warm bath and gentle massage but did feel any eggs, instead the swelling felt spongy. After 5 days giving her SULMET (sulfadimethoxine) and praying, the swelling in her abdomen and vent were still increasing. We were desperate, searching the internet, calling the avian vet, etc and the most helpful thing I came across was this video on youtube, showing a chicken that had all the same symptoms , but had also recovered! Pretty much everything else I had read said the prognosis was poor and to puther in the pot. During the video the speaker holds up a bag of the antibiotic he used to treat his chicken: DURAMYCIN-10 I went back to the grange to get some. Very glad I did, because after only 24 hours she is nearly back to her old self; the swelling is down, she is active and standing more often, even making coos which she had not made for nearly a week! She is still quite lethargic and weak, but I think she is going to make it :) I will update this post. The video:
     
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  9. Cre8hive

    Cre8hive New Egg

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    Update: Angel is still alive and well and swelling has been completely gone for well over a week now. :)
     
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  10. harbourhens

    harbourhens New Egg

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    Hi all,

    My girls are looking and acting fine but are producing eggs with a stringy bit coming from the yolk... It looks to me like excess yolk membrane. Can anyone tell me what it is? is it serious? What's caused it and treatment?
     

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