Super swollen - egg bound chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jessica8804, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. jessica8804

    jessica8804 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have probed the vent with lots of ky jelly. I'm not totally sure if I feel an egg there or not? I started with the warm epsom salt bath and have been repeating. I feel like I can maybe feel something hard from the outside near inbetween her legs-probably normal anatomy? I've been getting her to drink a little calcium water here and there

    For how long should I continue the epsom salt baths and between should I continue to try and lube the vent in between baths bc some feces etc did come out which I think would be good. Should I try to massage things out?

    She is so swollen. And when should this hopefully end? How will I know if it's hopeless? Could there be another problem? Help and advice please
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Swollen is probably ascites, which is often from organ failure, and may have nothing to do with being egg bound. I would probably cull unless you have a vet who could give you a better diagnosis.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed.
     
  4. jessica8804

    jessica8804 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cluck just passed. I tried draining the fluid, may have done too much. Was probably way too late. Pay attention to your flock and start researching as soon as you notice bizarre behavior. I could have maybe added a few months. But this prognosis is never good. RIP to the chicken who was the most fun!! Love you Cluck [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Bummer, it stinks for sure.
    Yeah, even a successful draining is rarely a 'cure'.
    Have had a couple with ascites.
    First one I tried to treat, only prolonged her misery.
    Second one I euthanized as soon as I saw the ascites.
    Both had irreparable/untreatable issues inside.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You could have maybe added a few months, but what would her quality of life been? Recurring discomfort? Would you have wanted that for her? I think you cared about her enough that you wouldn't have wanted that.



    I put them down as soon as I see it, too. I have tried in the past to "save" a chicken, but usually ended up prolonging their suffering.
     

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