My Hen and I Can't Look Each Other in the Eye Anymore

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bostonbea, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Bostonbea

    Bostonbea Out Of The Brooder

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    Bless my dear Gertie. She has had a rough first year, pro lapsing her oviduct on her first try and then obviously becoming an internal layer. She has had a stay of execution for many months by me "going in" and assisting her with ridding the egg material from her body. That is, the stuff I could reach. This was all done with care, warm baths, and love. She has always bounced back and been a spry part of our little flock.

    She is now lethargic, not staying with the other flock members. She is eating and drinking though. She has a very swollen abdomen and my attempts to find anymore egg material has been fruitless.

    Any thoughts on why her abdomen is swollen other than being an internal layer? I don't want her to suffer, but I also don't want to go in the back door for years to come.

    Thanks!
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Is it all squishy like fluid??? If so then its probably a fluid build up and should be drained with a needle.
     
  3. Bostonbea

    Bostonbea Out Of The Brooder

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    No, it's definately hard. When I've helped her pass the egg material it's basically been like hard boiled egg and fluid.
     

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