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Hard Abdomen: Year and a half White Brahma

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eBird, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. eBird

    eBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh it is so hard having a sick chicken you do not know how to help :(

    Big Mama, my White Brahma began loosing feathers about five days ago. I thought it may be molting, but the yard is now covered with her white feathers and she only has a thin layer of feathers plus two tail feathers left. She is also incredibly stressed, flighty, has a loss of appetite, weight, and is passing watery bowl movements. Her crop is empty and her abdomen very hard (possibly distended). So heartbroken I did not check more thoroughly earlier on.

    I have been reading about egg peritonitis, about feeding her soft food with added oil. Do these treatments work? Should I consider putting her down?

    Ideas welcome. Thank you.
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Can you take her to a vet?

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  3. eBird

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    My local vet opens in an hour...I have already left a message on there phone in hopes of getting in first thing.

    I am feeling worried that she may have multiple eggs stuck in her.
     
  4. eBird

    eBird Out Of The Brooder

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    Diagnosis from my local avian vet: fecal back up possibly due to previous egg obstruction.

    Big Mama is on antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, and apple cider vinegar.
     

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