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Swollen Abdomen???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SuperChickRuth, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. SuperChickRuth

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry, I don't see any photos, that would help to see what you are describing.
    Is the vent swollen as well? Can you get a photo of that too?
     
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    Sorry- having trouble with posting pictures. They show up when I click "edit" but then disappear when I post it.
     
  5. huntingirl

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    How's she been? Any better? Any worse?
     
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    [​IMG]We just gave her a bath, so that's why she looks a little scraggily. I think it's probably internal egg laying... egg peritonitis... just a guess on that spelling. Her crop looks good- just gave her olive oil soaked bread and she loved it.
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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Poor thing. It could be internal laying, peritonitis or ascites.
    I'm glad to crop is getting better.
    You may want to see if she will take some crumbles or layer feed made into a wet mash (mix with warm water). Wet poultry food is generally easy to digest.
    You could also offer her some vitamins/electrolytes in her water. If it is internal laying, you may want to take her back to the vet, sometimes they can drain the belly which may ease her discomfort for a period of time.
     
  8. SuperChickRuth

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    Yeah... But then there's the whole thing- $5 dollar chicken, and $100 vet visit.

    Is there anything we can do to make her more comfortable here at home? Are baths a good idea? We've given her two so far.
     
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    **Update**
    She's still hanging on. Her crop seems to be fine, and she acts normal except for the swollen abdomen- penguin walk- and recently she hasn't want to eat anything but a little bit of yogurt. What else should I be giving her to help her? What do you give a sick chicken to give them a "boost"? All I know is ACV, yogurt, and olive oil bread.
     

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