Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jakenhoss, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wrote earlier that my AM game was ill. Well now I went to get her out to see if she would eat and I was going to pick her up from under her belly and felt that she is really bloated. All of the feathers on her belly are almost gone because of the bloating. Does any one have any Idea what could be going wrong? How does a chicken act or react when they are egg bound?, or is that even an option?

    Please somebody help me. [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance ~ Jakenhoss
  2. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
  3. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Team Chaos,
    Thank you VERY much for your reply.
    After reading the article it does sound like this is what the problem may be. I tried to feed her this morning and she ate one bite of oatmeal and scrambled egg. She will not drink anymore. I am going to have to force her to drink if she won't do it on her own in about 1/2 hour.
    Her belly is bloated and pretty hard along with real runny poo. I bring her out of the kennel I have her in and she just walks back into it and doesn't want to be bothered. The article doesn't say how long a chicken will live with this problem. Do you have any idea? I thought something was wrong because she should have been laying by now. She is a great layer.
    Again, thank you very much for your help.

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

  4. srodems

    srodems Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ben Lomond, CA

    Our chickens are our pets, so we take them to the vet. The liquid can be drained out. We have had some sucess with this as well as some failures. It is worth a shot. The most we have had drained out of one of our Orpingtons was 500 mls, and then we treated her with antibiotics and antiinflamatories, and she is fine now....we still keep an eye on her, but we are hoping she is out of the woods. If you choose to have your chicken drained I would do it sooner than later.

  5. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you very much. I will contact the vet in the morning to see when I can get her in. Even if it isn't "egg peritonitis" she still needs to be looked at.
    Thanks again.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  6. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    I wouldn't force fluids until you're sure she's gone more than 24 hrs without drinking... more harm than good. My hen w/ fluid build up isn't interested in water when it's at it's worst, but she will eat juicy things like grapes and watermelon. Wishing you and your hen the best of luck and a Happy Easter to you as well.
  7. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Goldie Girl died Friday night.(4/13) I had taken her to the vet on Wednesday, (4/11) and he took x-rays then decided that because she had so much bacterial fluid built up in her that it would be worse to try and surgically remove the fluid. The vet put her on super duty antibiotics but she was too far gone with infection. She died in my arms at 9:15P. She is out with Red and Lucie resting peacefully.

    My husband has a charitable gathering for the Easter Seals every year the week after Easter and one of the games they play is chicken crap bingo. When they were finished with the chicken my husband told the club that he was bringing the young pullet home to me. I am still trying to find the breed. I thought that was very thoughtful of my husband.

    Thank you very much for the info. Have a great week.
  8. JiJis hens

    JiJis hens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2012
    So sorry for your loss. You did what you could. XOXo

    R I P lil' one
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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