Perplexed by abdomen distention and swelling.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by zyklonbetty, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. zyklonbetty

    zyklonbetty In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2011
    St Louis
    I have a hen (SLW) that is no longer laying (for over a year) who has been lethargic lately. I knew her time was coming, as she's an old girl and had a good life.
    She sleeps on the floor of the coop instead of the perch, and sometimes lays down to eat.

    Today I was feeding her from my hand and decided to pick her up and put her on my lap to have some "mommy time," before she goes. I noticed how full and swollen her abdomen is.

    I have read several threads on here and many birds seem to be not eating or pooping.
    Jackie eats and drinks fine. She also passes poop fine. There is no egg. I have bathed her and checked her vent.

    I am to the point I am assuming cancer/tumors/water (all obviously connected :( ) but do not know if there is a way to drain any of the fluid to make her more comfortable.

    I would like to let her live out her days in the sun, but if there is anything I can do to make her more comfortable, I would prefer to.

    Thank you in advance.

    TOP KNOT Songster

    Mar 10, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013

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