Rhode Island Red - Swollen Rear-End: How To...?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ColoradoSLV, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. ColoradoSLV

    ColoradoSLV Out Of The Brooder

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    Good morning,

    I discovered yesterday that one of my six-month-old Rhode Island Red pullets has a larger-than-a-tennis-ball swelling on her rear-end. It's soft and kind of squishy, but she's eating normally and gets around just fine.

    I did isolate her to see if/what she was pooping, but nothing in the 90 minutes I had her under (my) observation.

    Online I found the following videos that seemed to address both the symptom and how to drain:

    How to drain:



    How to drain a bird with ascites:



    I'm wondering what I might be missing before I attempt any 'needlework'?

    Thanks, everyone!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The swelling could be fat, a cyst, or many other things. Ascites or fluid in the belly should look more tight, and not just under the vent. I have a couple of hens with the pouch under the vents who get along fine, except I have to occasionally clean off dried or messy droppings that get caught on the feathrs there. Below are pictures by Casportpony of a hen with ascites, and it is being drained with an 18 gauge needle to remove fluid:

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  3. ColoradoSLV

    ColoradoSLV Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the photos! 18-ga. sounds big and looks bigger!

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    Here she is. She actually seemed smaller when I looked in on her and the flock last night, but I got the needles and syringes anyway.

    She's a really patient bird! I had to clean the poop on her fanny last night, and she talked to me as if she knew I was trying to help!

    Maybe chickens are smarter than we give 'em credit for! :)
     

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