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Sick Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by John Deer, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. John Deer

    John Deer Hatching

    Sep 3, 2014
    I have a hen that appears to be swollen and can't hardly walk. At first I thought maybe she had an egg stuck inside her that wouldn't come out. Is this possible? She walks about 2 steps and then lays down. And she wobbles when she walks. It is really a struggle for her? Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If she's a mature hen, maybe 2 or 3 years. it really sounds like the picture of one who has internal laying, also called egg peritonitis, or else cancer of the reproductive system.

    Here's jut one thread, that with the links will give you a good understanding of the condition:


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