Very bloated listless hen - she didn't make it

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NSChickenMamma, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. NSChickenMamma

    NSChickenMamma Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an 18 month old New Hampshire Red that has something going on with her.

    Was noticed today that she is swelled up to twice her normal size (comparing her to her 'sister' that we got at the same time), very lathergic, unable to even step back up into the coop from their run and her butt is matted with poop (but no blood signs). Her comb is very pale.

    This hen in the spring started laying eggs with super soft shells and then in June stopped laying at all but seemed healthy so just thought that her egg laying time was done as once she did start laying, she never missed a day laying.

    The others in with her all look to be OK.

    I have read about mites, but have never seen them so do not know what I am looking for.

    Did give her some yogurt tonight that she enjoyed.

    Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Where is she swelled up? All over? If it's abdomen, she may have egg peritonitis.
     
  3. NSChickenMamma

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    She is swelled up everywhere. Reminds me of a basketball. No distinct neck
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    It sounds like something is not working anymore. Kidney or bladder? It doesn't sound like any spreadable disease. You may want to think about euthanizing.
     
  5. NSChickenMamma

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    Found her dead in the run just before supper.
    Still courious what it could have been so we can prevent it with the rest of the flock
    RIP Caramel [​IMG]
     
  6. Bellurd

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    Aww, I'm sorry. Something was probably not functioning properly and she was filling up with fluid. Maybe Ascites is the answer.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Sorry about Caramel. [​IMG]. It does sound more like something wrong with her internally than it does something contagious.
     

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