Egg Yolk Peritonitis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jjdent, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. jjdent

    jjdent Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a red sex link that didn't make the little hop into the coop last night. She's sitting on the ground and not really getting around. Not seeing any noticeable signs of injury, I checked her vent and cleaned it. It appears swollen and there seems to be some discharge. I've heard egg yolk peritonitis is common with these. Do you think this is what it is, and what should I do? I've had a couple die this way and it was grisly.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Could you post a picture of her vent area? Do you think she may be egg bound or have a prolapsed vent (or both?) You can put on a rubber glove, and feel inside the vent 1-2 inches with a finger for a stuck egg. Egg yolk peritonitis and internal laying is a common disease in many hatchery breeds that lay well. Here are a couple of links that might help you to read:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-egg-binding-causes-symptoms.html
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    These pictures should help you when you check for an egg:

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  4. jjdent

    jjdent Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all.
     
  5. jjdent

    jjdent Out Of The Brooder

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    She passed it on her own once I put her in the coop. Lucky thing.
     

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