Swollen abdomen, low amount of droppings.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Emy, May 17, 2017.

  1. Emy

    Emy Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone,

    My almost 1 year old silver wyandotte has a swollen soft abdomen and isnt pooping as much as usual. She is eating like normal, is acting perfectly fine and doesn't seem bothered of I gently massage her abdomen. She laid an egg two days ago, and about 12 hours after that laid a very thin shelled egg and hasn't laid since. I gave her a bath and she is pooping a bit more. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I've looked up everything I've thought it could be, but nothing seems to match well.

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She may have a cracked eggshell stuck in her oveduct...
    This may help,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/year-old-hen-with-swollen-abdomen-what-is-wrong.634687/
    and this,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...ot-pooping-update-respiratory-disease.741333/
    and this,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/hens-abdomen-swollen-soft-not-pooping.432383/
    I hope that this helps!
     
  3. Emy

    Emy Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the reply! I had actually read through most of those. The thing that baffles me is that she isn't showing any other symptoms, and doesn't have any indication of an infection. She's a very loved pet, so if she's not better soon we'll head to our avian vet. I can't seem to find much on cracked shells in the oviduct. Have you had experience with this?
     
  4. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have not had experience with it, but I know that it is painful for them, and since her abdomen was swollen, I was thinking it may be a possibility. Is she walking like a penguin?
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If you can afford a vet you should go to the vet. There are many things it could be, some treatable, some not.
     
  6. Emy

    Emy Just Hatched

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    Nope, she's trotting around perfectly normally, and tail is up. We had her go through this exact same thing about 3 months ago. After a couple days, the swelling went down and she did a small partial moult, so we assumed it had to do with that and my avian vet said she seemed fine.
     
  7. Emy

    Emy Just Hatched

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    Emy Just Hatched

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    If she gets worse tonight we'll head to the emergency vet. If she stays the same we'll head to my avian vet instead.
     
  9. Emy

    Emy Just Hatched

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    A quick update for everyone. She's doing slightly better, but we went to see the vet today anyway. She has ascites, and we currently have blood work out to see if there's any sort of obvious cause.
     

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