Swollen squishy abdomen, weak, not drinking?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LaLady, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. LaLady

    LaLady Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    Our poor hen, Dale, has a distended lower belly that feels soft and squishy. We gave her a couple warm baths hoping she might pass an egg or something, but no luck (and I don't feel any egg). She's too weak to walk around - she just sits there, all puffed up. She pants a tiny bit when she exerts herself. She's got a pretty good appetite (when I bring the food to her) and she's alert, but she won't drink water. Her poop looks pretty normal. She's four years old.

    This is my third chicken in the past two years with similar symptoms.. don't know if the cause is the same or not. The first one recovered, the second one didn't make it. I really hope this one recovers - she's a good hen, and I hate to give up on an animal that is still eating and pooping.

    I've been giving her old Baytril that I had leftover from the first sick chicken, but the pills are two years old and might not be effective anymore. I also have some leftover Metacam that I was thinking of giving her, too, but I'm not sure of the dosage.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Here is a portion of a sticky for this forum:

    I'm afraid you are probably dealing with internal laying, or possibly ovarian cancer. Such disorders of the reproductive tract are unfortunately common in hatchery birds which have been bred to lay well. Lots more information here:



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