swollen chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 2004siera, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. 2004siera

    2004siera Hatching

    Oct 9, 2013
    A few days ago one of our exbat chickens was so swollen all over her abdomen an chest - it all looked sort of bluish and so uncomfortable that we put her down. I thought it was a stuck egg that had got very infected that i hadn't spotted...
    Today however , i see another chicken with what looks like the same thing starting but the swelling is in her chest - all swollen, watery feeling and turning that weird bluish colour.
    They both were found outside looking sorry for themselves. Could this be a virus? - it seems an odd coincidence to have the same thing so soon after the last one. We have had them since June.
    Anyone help? i can't feel an egg or hardness - just watery swelling that makes them swell like balloons....
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm sorry to hear about your sick hens. The fluid in the abdomen makes me think of Ascites or internal laying. Those problems are common in older production chickens. Or, I suppose it could be some sort of infection. Have you tried using a syringe and needle to try and remove some of the liquid? I would perhaps purchase a strong antibiotic, like Tylan50 injectable, and treat them for infection.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    X2. However, I believe that Ascites if usually an accumulation in the body cavity near the vent/abdomen, not near the chest.
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would worry about a contagious disease. I would probably isolate the hen showing symptoms. Erysipelas can cause hemorrhage into organs of the abdomen and chest, but there are probably others. If you have a veterinarian or can get a necropsy done, I probably would check into it.

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