Looks like my Casino has egg peritonitis. :( worried about her.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emilysteng, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just took my girl Casino to the vet this afternoon. She was supposed to go yesterday but when I went to catch her it was as if she knew and ran way up into the hills.

    This vet was quite good - I was very happy I went there. He said her back area was filled with fluids and he suspected egg peritonitis, although an ovarian tumor was also a possibility. He said x-rays might not be helpful because the fluid makes it hard to see anything and just said his best treatment was to give her Lupron and then go on Baytril. Also found out she had some worms - Capillaria - so he gave her dewormer. The Lupron was expensive so he went with two shots of it for her - he said that was a good compromise between effectiveness and economical.

    I really hope it works. But as I understand it she is very likely to relapse sometime in the future even if she recovers from this? She is acting quite fine. This morning she did the whole "egg laying" bit again. He said she was doing that because the fluid was probably acting like the pressure of an egg. But she is eating, drinking, all that. Pooping is a little strained and he said that is also from the fluid buildup. Now I finally see what is normal/abnormal for her abdomen.

    Any suggestions? The thing I hate is that I am going on a trip in about a week. My friend will watch out for her but no one will do everything I do for her - taking her home, giving her antibiotics twice a day. He said it was fine to only give the Baytril for a week instead of 10 days. That the Lupron was what was really hopefully going to help her.

    [​IMG] Here she is - I tried to give her somewhere "natural" to sleep for tonight while she's in the house. She seems ok with it. But not sure what to do with her the rest of the weekend. Hate keeping her confined as she is a wild chicken and used to running free. Poor thing.
     
  2. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Casino has been quiet in her box in the bathroom all evening but I just realized I have a question.

    This may sound stupid, but do chickens sleep standing up? I know she normally roosts in a tree at night to sleep but since I don't have a roost for her - would she lay down to sleep or stand up? When I go in there to use the bathroom she is standing up.
     
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sleep squatted down apart from one bird I used to own who slept standing up in a tree...

    Sorry, I don't know much about this disease. Sending you and Casino my best wishes [​IMG]
     
  4. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I just went in there to give her the nighttime dosage of the Baytril. She was standing and very mad still. Pecked at me when I went to get her. I was able to get the dosage in and gave her a few blueberries - her favorite. I put her back in the box and this time she laid down. I hope she is able to rest ok in there. [​IMG]

    My cat is mad she can't go into the bathroom - she likes to hang out in there. And she's wondering why her cat carrier is in the living room. Probably worried it's for her.

    Last time I had to bring her home to care for her I put her in the cat carrier to sleep. Wonder which is better, or if it matters.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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  6. sweetberry

    sweetberry New Egg

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    Is she and ex-battery hen? Ours were, and they used to get it. Aww. I do hope she gets better soon. *hugs* I send my best wishes to you and Casino. [​IMG] send my love to her [​IMG]
     
  7. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the kind thoughts.

    Casino is quite unhappy with me. She is cooped up in my house, I keep sticking a syringe in her mouth, AND, I tried to clean her butt.

    I can't decide whether I should take her back to her home (it's a good 30 minute drive) and let her be normal and then catch her later this afternoon again. Or just keep her for today cooped up here. Do you think it's better to make her rest here at my house but be unhappy? Or let her be her normal self but expend her energy running around and stuff. During the week will be ok. I get to work at 7 and can just try to catch her first thing and last thing during the day to give her the Baytril. It's just today and tomorrow that I'm torn on what to do with her.


    she's not an ex-battery hen. She showed up as a young chick in june 2009. Don't know where she came from cause she was ok around people while the other wild chickens are scared. Just started hanging around all day so we basically adopted her as the nursery chicken.
     

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