Squishy buldge-no eggs since 10/5/2012

cfremder

Songster
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Sep 10, 2012
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On 10/4/2012-Virgil was attacked by my dog. He ripped out a number of her rear feathers. The next day she layed her egg and seemed back to normal. She has been acting fine and eating. Today, when I checked her to see if she was eggbound, I noticed this bare spot on her underside that is very squishy. Help-what do I do? She is only about 11 months old.
 

tdhenson86

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Aug 10, 2012
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I would call a veterinarian. I'm doubtful with something internal like that that a simple remedy would be the full solution. It could just be fluid build up from an injury, but you never know until a vet checks. It could be something worse. Good luck!
 

cfremder

Songster
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Sep 10, 2012
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Not sure that a vet is an option-so I would welcome other suggestions PLEASE
 

Country4ever

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Its hard to tell from the picture.......is it a pendulous crop or is it her lower abdomen? What are her stools like? I think she's been working on this for awhile, and you just didn't see it. When their skin gets stretched from being enlarged, they lose their feathers there.

I would first determine if its her crop or abdomen. I'm thinking its her crop. the treatment would be different.
 

cfremder

Songster
8 Years
Sep 10, 2012
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Sorry=stools seem to be normal according the the stool chart. She appears normal and behaves normal, except for no eggs. She roosts normal and if I wouldn't have noticed a few feathers today, I wouldn't have double checked to make sure she wasn't egg bound. The squishy spot is on her right side. Rubbing it seemed to help. She is not in pain.
 

cfremder

Songster
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Sep 10, 2012
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Just wanted to give you all an update on Virgil. The squishy part on her abdomen drained on it's own. She was picked on for a bit by the others, but seemed to recover fully on her own. It took two months, but the last two days, she produced two eggs. The first one had a bit of extra calcification on it, but one today is almost normal. I'm so excited!
 

cfremder

Songster
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Sep 10, 2012
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We are now at 4 days in a row with full production - thank you for all of the information on this site. It helped me safe Virgil. Chickens really are amazing and hardy creatures.
 

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