Swollen Abdomen + Gasping: Homeopathy?

Trouveur

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 20, 2014
14
1
24
Hi y'all,
I know this post is probably super redundant. I've read several similar threads already, but I wanted to get a direct answer on some of this.

One of our chickens (Probably 3 years old?) has a swollen abdomen. She walks odd, like her legs are spread farther apart than usual because of the swelling. She is also breathing with her mouth open, like she's squawking silently....I wouldn't call it gasping (You can't hear anything), but I guess that's close to what she's doing.

I gave her an epsom salt bath and gave her a spoonful of coconut oil + molasses + ginger, then put her in a dark box with straw to see if it's egg binding.... but somehow I don't think it is. I've never had an egg bound hen act like that.

Any ideas? I'm especially interested in homeopathic assistance. I'm sure somebody here knows how to use homeopathy on poultry....
 

Trouveur

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 20, 2014
14
1
24
Her droppings are dark green and white, in case that makes any difference.
 

1000years

In the Brooder
Jul 16, 2016
13
1
19
NSW, Australia
HI!

I am no chicken health expert but I have just been reading so much chicken health info to try and diagnose what was the cause of my chickens internal strangeness.
Have you explored the dignoses for
1. Gapeworm : "symptoms are coughing, gasping" quote from 'chickens' by Suzie Baldwin p 122
Or
2. Internal laying : "she will begin to walk like a penguin" quote from 'chickens' by Suzie Baldwin , p130
Or
3. Sounds a bit like what I think was my chook problem, which I think is 'fatty liver'

JO.
 

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Hi y'all,
I know this post is probably super redundant. I've read several similar threads already, but I wanted to get a direct answer on some of this.

One of our chickens (Probably 3 years old?) has a swollen abdomen. She walks odd, like her legs are spread farther apart than usual because of the swelling. She is also breathing with her mouth open, like she's squawking silently....I wouldn't call it gasping (You can't hear anything), but I guess that's close to what she's doing.

I gave her an epsom salt bath and gave her a spoonful of coconut oil + molasses + ginger, then put her in a dark box with straw to see if it's egg binding.... but somehow I don't think it is. I've never had an egg bound hen act like that.

Any ideas? I'm especially interested in homeopathic assistance. I'm sure somebody here knows how to use homeopathy on poultry....

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If you have a photo or video that may help, but from your description it sounds like she may have a internal laying/reproductive disorder. It could be Peritonitis, Salpingitis, Ascites (water belly) or cancer and tumors. Unfortunately if she has any of these, there really is no "cure". Supportive care/comfort can be given by draining the abdomen if the abdomen is fluid filled, antibiotic treatment usually is not effective.

Dark green droppings can be an indication that she is not processing nutrients (wasting). You may want to take a fecal sample to have tested just to rule out any internal parasites (worms).

I do not know about homeopathic treatments so I can't help you on those. Here's more info, you may be able to compare "traditional treatments" to your knowledge of homeopathic and find a solution.

Peritonitis and internal egg laying issues:
http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

Salpingitis:
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/03/causes-of-lash-eggs-salpingitis-by.html

PICTURE of Salpingitis Necropsy
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...oring-i-opened-her-to-find-this#post_17145142
 
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