Egg Yolk Peritonitis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carolinewatts4, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. carolinewatts4

    carolinewatts4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all!
    I have a hen who is acting strange. She looks as if she has to lay an egg, however there is no discharge and no egg stuck in her butt. She ruffles her feathers and is very slow. I think its EYP based on her poop (from the chicken chicks poop chart). It looks like milk with undigested feed in it. I am not completely sure though. No one is giving me a straight forward answer and vets in my local area are not being very helpful. I am thinking antibiotics??? I have yet to check if her abdomen is swollen yet. It would be a shame to lose her and I would like as much help as I can get. Again, I am just guessing that this is what she has. Should I try to see if she is egg bound as well, just to cover bases? Please help! I feel like if it is EYP, I only have a certain time frame to help this girl out. Thanks,
    Caroline
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    There really isn't anything you can do for EYP (also called internal laying) except a husterectomy, which is prohibitivlely expensive for most people, and doesn't have a good prognosis, anyway. In this condition the eggs are "geing laid" in the abdominal acavity.

    Here are some links with additional reading, in case you'd like to see them.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis/0_20

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ng-sharing-my-experience-benedicts-story/0_20

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/413688/rip-
    maxie-graphic-educational-necropsy-photos-of-cause-of-death/0_20#post_5028516 (GRAPHIC!!!)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/79443/tell-me-about-your-internal-layers/80_20#post_6235380 (see esp. post 92.)
     
  3. carolinewatts4

    carolinewatts4 Out Of The Brooder

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    This hen is a Polish, so she's not really a layer so it may not be genetic. She has had a prolapsed vent however
     

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