Has anyone ever tried to do surgery on a chicken that is internally laying? WARNING ( semi graphic p

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PAchickenlover, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wasn't sure what was happening with my one hen at first. I knew she had a mass inside her abdomen. But I wasn't sure what the mass was instill today. Today I decided to brave it out and find out what was going on inside her. I got my things together to do the surgery, sterilized things, and made a two inch cut below her vent ( not her actual vent ). I got inside and found the mass without searching. What I found was a mass of egg yolks about the size of a baseball. I removed the mass and stitched her up. She is now resting in a pet taxie. I have put antibiotics in her water. I will post pics soon. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever tried this?
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    :thumbsup I don't know if I could ever do that. Very brave of you. I have never done this but would love to see pictures.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Probably not something I'd consider undertaking on an unanesthetized bird. I have an avian vet who has done a few spay surgeries on hens (not mine) with internal laying and EYP problems. You have to make sure you get everything as far as the reproductive tract, not just the retained eggs, otherwise eggs keep being produced and the problem just continues. It's also iffy if there is already any peritonitis involved. Just a whole lot of opportunity for infection. I don't know what antibiotic would be best to use but I would give it too her directly rather then in the water so you know she got the correct dose each day. If she's not feeling to good she may not drink enough or may drink more or less on some days so your dose per day could vary too much.
     
  4. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only surgery I've ever done on my birds was for bumblefoot. I didn't use the knife method. Anything requiring that I would leave to a vet who has the ability to put the bird under. You don't want it to be in too much pain.
     
  5. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here she is right after the sergery.
     
  6. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    I'd keep her in low light for a while... Slow down with production...
     
  7. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was, is, the sergery site.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    X2. Baytril is probably what I would use.
     
  9. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the chunks of egg mass that I took out of her. All together the size of it equals about the size of a baseball.
     
  10. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is in a low light area, thanks. I will start her on Baytril asap. Thanks for the suggestions. [​IMG]
     

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