Hen With Hard Large Abdomen!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    My 5 year old Jersey hen has been a bit sluggish today but e ating well. I examined her and she has a swollen hard area like a baseball behind her legs underneath. It's tender. What do I do first? I'm at a loss, she's real special.
     
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  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    With a swollen hard abdomen like that, it looks like internal laying, I guess. I wonder how I can make her comfortable.
     
  3. twoscrambled

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    Seems like a warm bath, soaking, would be a good place to start. Maybe you could see what you were dealing with a little better then. Wish I could help you more, I know it's hard when you're not sure what to do
     
  4. seminolewind

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    Thanks, Twoscrambled. I went out to check on her and she's on the roost with the others. I guess I'll pick her up tomorrow and take a better look.
     
  5. seminolewind

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    She acts normal. Coming for treats, eating. Her comb is nicely red. I guess I'll keep watching.
     
  6. seminolewind

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    Tonight it's about the size of a softball and still hard. But she is acting pretty normal so far.
     
  7. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    If the hen is egg bound, try to get your hands on some Metacam. Metacam is a canine anti-inflammatory which causes contractions in hens to release the egg. A vet showed me this with an egg bound hen I had once. 1 cc down the throat of a 6 lb hen did it in about a half hour. I hope that is the case rather than an oviduct cyst or tumor. Two years ago I was nursing a sick hen to find out later from a necropsy that she had oviduct cancer. Some folks use mineral oil in an enema to help the hen pass the egg.
     
  8. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be an internal layer or egg bound or have a blocked oviduct. I had a hen with similar symptoms that I had a vet diagnose as a blocked oviduct. The surgery was successful...her oviduct was full of egg yolks that had hardened. Hope she's just egg bound.
     
  9. seminolewind

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    I do think she's an internal layer or has a blocked oviduct. Can you tell me some more about surgery?
     
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