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Sick 3 yo hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by catmagic43613, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. catmagic43613

    catmagic43613 New Egg

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    My hen has stopped laying after about 2 weeks. Her abdomen is swollen and soft like a fat pouch. No fever eating good acting normal. Just bloated in abdomen not laying and just made a dropping like this photo. Any idea? I wonder if she's internal laying.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That can be common in hens that age, especially if she has stopped laying. Ascites is a condition where fluid collects into the lower abdomen, and can be caused by heart failure, liver disease, cancer, and internal laying. These hens may be in pain and have labored breathing from the fluid pressure. Here is a good link to read about internal laying, and ascites with some good info about draining an abdomen with fluid:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/853726/ascites-in-desperate-need-of-some-help-and-guidance
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
     
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  3. catmagic43613

    catmagic43613 New Egg

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    OK thank you I'll call the vet in the morning. I just don't want her to be miserable.
     

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