Hens weight and heartbeat uneven

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SILKIEOBESSESED, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. SILKIEOBESSESED

    SILKIEOBESSESED Chirping

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    My hen has gained weight recently, though it seems like it's only her backside. She is super skinny up front and has nothing in her crop but it seems really fat on the opposite side. She doesn't seem to be egg bound. Her comb is bright red and she doesnt show signs of straining. However she has been less active and unwilling to jump and she likes to lay down more. There is also a weird tapping noise that could possibly be her heartbeat. It seems to be coming from that area. The tapping is emitting in patterns of 1-3 randomly.

    Anyone have a clue what could be wrong?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Swelling on the backside is generally ascites. Does her bottom feel watery? Generally it's a sign of organ failure unfortunately.
     
  3. SILKIEOBESSESED

    SILKIEOBESSESED Chirping

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    I found a link that is similar to what is happening
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/bowel-obstruction-in-hen.1016239/

    Her bottom feels inflated like a balloon. I read about draining her but I'm not sure how to go about doing that
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    @casportpony is a good person to contact about how to drain a chicken with ascites. I believe she uses a 16 gauge needle which will drain more quickly. She has a few threads with pictures on draining. I have had several hens recently who died, and were found to have ascites. It may be caused either by heart failure, or liver failure secondary to reproductive problems. Draining will only help relieve pressure and pain, but will not end the disease.
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Draining them can buy them some time if done correctly, but usually not more than a few months. :(
     
  6. SILKIEOBESSESED

    SILKIEOBESSESED Chirping

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    I'm going on a week long vacation this week and unfortunately I will not be able to drain her. But I do have milk thistle I can give her today. I can also instruct the chicken sitter to give her some if it needs to be daily. It's in a 250 mg capsule form. Do you know how much I should give her?
     

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