Hen has really bloaty/droopy abdomen/belly. really sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by littlechickie, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. littlechickie

    littlechickie Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen is really sick.
    I think it only started yesterday, or that's when I noticed it at least.

    It has a really droopy belly- between it's legs.

    It is worse today. Today it's not eating or walking.

    Yesterday it was eating, and walking. But it's walk was funny, like a penguin waddle, it looked like it's belly was really heavy and was staggering with the weight. It was walking slowly and funnily.

    Today it's just sitting/lying with it's eyes closed.

    Here are some pictures i took just now

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    it looks dead, but it's not. it looks miserable.
     
  2. littlechickie

    littlechickie Out Of The Brooder

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  3. princess araucana

    princess araucana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    would bad egg impaction do that?
     
  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Does it hang down like a water filled balloon at her back end? If you feel it and gently push in, and all you feel is liquid, she could be suffering from Ascites (fluid build up). I have a hen who suffers from it and about every three months I use a large syringe/small needle, insert in water balloon, and drain out the fluid. It has always been absolutely clear water. After I make a few insertions with the needle, the holes usually continue to leak on their own and she will drain that way. You have nothing to lose at this point by trying to drain something out and see what you get.

    If it feels solid or nothing comes out, she could be laying internally and is filled with cooked yolk, in which case I'm sorry to say there's not much that can be done other than a hysterectomy.

    Best of luck to you.

    Monique "Ruth"
     
  5. littlechickie

    littlechickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. That was probably it. I wish I'd known that sooner, as she was dead the next morning [​IMG]

    At least I'll know for next time. Thanks so much for your help.
     
  6. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    I'm so sorry to hear that. She could have been laying internally and there was nothing you could do.
     

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