"Puffy chicken with chalky yellow discharge from vent"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by buttercreamgal, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. buttercreamgal

    buttercreamgal New Egg

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    I went out to see my chickens today and one of my australorps was all puffed up and moving slowly, with a chalky yellow discharge from her vent, not a lot but I haven't seen this before (I'm also new to chickens though). Wondering what this is, what I can do for her? (I posted this in the new member area before I realized it should have gone here - sorry for the double post!)
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it almost look like cooked egg? It sounds like EYP (egg yolk peritonitis). It's when the egg doesn't drop properly and it gets infected.

    http://www.avianweb.com/eggyolkperitonitis.html

    I had a girl who laid allot of shell-less eggs get it. I hope she gets better soon.
     
  5. buttercreamgal

    buttercreamgal New Egg

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    Well, after a lot of reading I was worried it was possibly prolapse. I got some warm water to try and clean it off but when I went to wipe it, part of it broke off!!!! It was a thin, papery-like material. I gently pulled the rest out and it was knobby at the other end. Possibly something she shouldn't have eaten? She's still pretty lethargic. I got her to eat a little bread soaked in water. Her droppings were small, watery, brown and yellow. I haven't medicated any of my chickens, just layer pellets, water, and occasional scratch and bread. It sounds a little like EYP. I'll look that up now. Thanks so much for the information - those chickens are like family :)
     
  6. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope you figure it out soon. It's so hard when this stuff happens.
     
  7. buttercreamgal

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    She's still not doing well. Just sitting on the perch with her tail feathers down. If it is egg yolk peritonitis, is there anything I can do for her? Went to TSC and they didn't have penicillin - only for cows. If this is not something she'll recover from, what's the most humane way to put down a chicken? I don't want her to suffer. Thanks for the help!
     

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