Took two hens to the vet...interesting diagnosis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tallyho, May 20, 2011.

  1. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    I took 2 hens to the avian vet yesterday. One has a big swollen abdomen and just looks messy. I thought she was egg bound (but couldn't feel any hard masses) or had peritonitis. The second was wheezing and coughing although she had no eye or nasal discharge. Two separate coops and no other birds exhibiting the same symptoms.

    Here are the diagnoses:

    Hen 1 - abdominal hernia. She can live and still lay for years with her hernia. And even though she looks pitful, she feels fine. Surprisingly common.

    Hen 2 - aspirated something and it's stuck in her trachea, probably a little piece of bedding. Also a common occurance according to the vet. She should cough it up but it can cause a bacterial or fungal infection so she got a big antibiotic shot and is now on antifungal pills....don't you love pilling a chicken?!

    Just thought I'd let you know what I learned. I was surprised at how wrong I was in assuming the worst.
  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Questions on hen #1 - Was she eating and drinking fine? Did she move slowly or was it stiff?

    Very interesting.
  3. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    Thank you for the info. Glad they are able to be treated.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing! Resiliant little creatures, aren't they?
  5. kelar

    kelar Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Thaks for sharing that info. Just points out that sometimes the treatment is worse than the disease, especially if you don't really know what is wrong:( YOu were lucky to find a vet who could treat your birds.
  6. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Quote:They both were acting, eating, pooping fine. That was what was so strange. Here's this hen with this swollen back end and skin showing and she's behaving normally. The other girls have started picking on her at the shoulders, but not her butt. I will have to do something about that. She might have to live alone or with the bantams if they won't leave her alone. Her hernia is pretty big and that's better than a small one that could strangulate the organs that are pooching through the abdominal wall.

    The wheezy hen was fine too but I noticed that she wasn't saying much, like she had 'lost her voice'. She was very quiet. I could see her mouth open and close as she was breathing...almost like gasping, but very noisy breathing.
    Last edited: May 20, 2011

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