Sick Chicken, Internal laying?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Number7hen, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Number7hen

    Number7hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. I'm still new to chickens so I'm not sure if I'm right about my diagnosis. My wyandotte hasn't layed a normal egg in a while. She's been pooing parts of eggs out, like what looks to be some yolk, and membrane. they are watery too. Her rear end is red and looks swollen below the vent. Just recently she's been acting more lethargic, and not eating as much. Dose this sound like internal laying? If not what is it? And if it is internal laying is there any cure?
    Thanks for your help.
     
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  3. Number7hen

    Number7hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link. I'll have to take a closer look at her. Right now she's on the nest, waiting to see what happens.
     
  4. Number7hen

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    She's back off, but no egg. This is how she looks right now.[​IMG]

    I felt around the area, but didn't feel anything odd. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Number7hen

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    I gave her a bath not long ago, she's not as swollen as i first thought. It may just be inflamed because she has a dirty butt. she seems to be getting weaker, and her poo right now is a yellowish foam.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    With her passing egg yolk poo, it does sound like internal laying or egg peritonitis. A very swollen lower abdomen sometimes can be from ascites which can be common with heart or liver failure, and also from egg yolk peritonitis or internal laying. Here are a few links to read:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/853726/ascites-in-desperate-need-of-some-help-and-guidance
     
  7. Number7hen

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    Thank you for the info! I'll have to read up on it. She's doing better now. She's back to acting normal, and she hasn't had any more strange poos. Hoping she lays an egg sometime soon. Will let you know if anything else develops.
     

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