Very Sick Hen with Abdominal Mass

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by casportpony, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Does anyone have any ideas on what this might be and how to treat it?

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)

    Ameraucana hen, 4 years, 1.86kg (4.1 pounds) , very thin compared to others.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    Standing next to food with eyes shut, depressed, fluffed up and very weak.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?

    Just noticed.

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

    No.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    Has a large abdominal mass about the size of a tennis ball. It's somewhat firm, like a tennis ball.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    Nothing that I know of.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    Has had access to fresh water, scratch, lay pellets and free ranges, but not eating now and crop is empty. I try to make sure that all birds are eating when I feed, but it's hard to check all of the free rangers, so I don't know when she ate last.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Have not seen any yet.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    None yet, just found.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    Will treat at home. Can bring inside, give sub-q fluids, tube feed and have most medications on hand. Will not be going to vet.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    Will post later.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Free ranges on 7 acres and roosts in tree. Also has access to a shed to roost in.
     
  2. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    My thoughts would be either internal laying or a cancerous tumor. i'm sorry about your hen. It doesn't sound good.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I've seen this too many times. So sorry, but this rarely ends well.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Did you check for an egg that's stuck?
     
  5. Gofygure

    Gofygure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Assuming it's not an impacted crop, it sounds like peritonitis, or internal laying. You can try putting her on antibiotics, but I'm sorry to say it may have progressed too far to save her. Is she running a fever?
     
  6. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like an impacted crop. How did you determine that the crop is empty? Or are you just assuming that's the case, since she is not eating now?
     
  7. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my I'm so sorry about your hen! How does a chicken get internal laying or crop disorders or cancerous tumors? Is there any way to successfully treat them? Maybe your hen still has a chance.... Be positive and hope for the best!
     
  8. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i think an impacted crop can be caused if a bird eats something like hay or straw or other fibrous material and it gets stuck in the crop. But internal laying and cancer are a few of the things that can happen to a chicken for no apparent reason. Not really any way to prevent them. i have had several hens die of cancer. The most marked sign is that they become very emaciated. i currently have a chicken who was just diagnosed with cancer. My vet took x-rays and saw the tumors. All you can do is keep them comfortable and make their last days as good as possible. i have my hen on pain meds - metacam. She probably doesn't have much longer.

    Anyhow, to the OP, sub-q fluids and pain medication may help her be a little more comfortable. Please let us know how things go.
     
  9. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    o_O wait.... I have a hen that seems fine except for the feathers on her chest seem to make her look a little thinner than I thought she should be.... She eats and drinks and walks around and everything but her breastbone I guess is a little more prominent. Does this mean she has cancer?! She's only 3 months old...
     
  10. Gofygure

    Gofygure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha, it's very easy to start seeing problems that don't exist once you know how many ways a chicken can die. At that age, she hasn't even begun to fill out and will still be a scrawny little thing. She's probably 100% healthy, no worries.

    I hope the OP has a good update for us soon.
     

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