Help! My hen is ill

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenKarnival, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. ChickenKarnival

    ChickenKarnival New Egg

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    Hey guys, need some help figuring out whats wrong with my little hen.
    Yesterday i noticed she was lethargic and when i picked her up i noticed her belly closer to her vent is warm and swollen, she had alot of poop around it so i cleaned it off thinking maybe she was backed up, but today was the same, again ive washed her vent. But unlike yesterday shes breathing heavy with her beak open slightly.
    She became very sickly a few months back and completely went off the lay(she was never a regular layer). She hasnt laid in months, but now i wonder could she be egg bound? I love my little girl and im so worried im about to lose her.
    Please, any ideas and help would be wonderful.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. She may possibly be suffering from internal laying or egg yolk peritonitis. Those hens will sometimes develop ascites or fluid in the belly, causing shortness of breath, and a spongy abdomen. Tumors in the reproductive tract can also be common. If EYP is present, then sometimes antibiotics such as baytril may help give them some time and if there is fluid, withdrawing some periodically may make them more comfortable.
     
  3. ChickenKarnival

    ChickenKarnival New Egg

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    Thank you :) im not a chicken breeder of any sort, but i love my little hen so much. I will look into that. Thank you
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You can slip on a rubber glove, and insert a finger 1-2 inches into the vent to check her for a stuck egg. Vent gleet, a fungal infection, may also be a possibility, but there is usually red bare skin around the vent with white or yellow patches. Here is some reading about that and internal laying/egg yolk peritonitis:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis
    https://hoovesandfeathers.wordpress...gleet-clearing-up-messy-vents-in-laying-hens/
     

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