- Sep 17, 2015
I have a Rhode Island Red that might have acitis also known as water belly. She went through her molt and seemed fine all winter. Symptoms have been subtle and slow to progress. She had been waddling and at first I thought she was getting fat. Then I noticed she was having more trouble walking than normal, sits still more than usual and has some trouble making it up onto her roosting bar at night. No egg yet since the molt. I gave her an Epsom salt bath in case she was egg bound or constipated or something. She does not like being handled but while in the bath I could feel her better. Her belly is swollen and soft like a balloon and her keel seems pronounced like she is underweight. Otherwise she is eating, not panting, no egg yolk stuff coming out of her vent - her poop looks pretty normal. I am worried she is uncomfortable but don’t want to just cull her if she can still enjoy life as she is one of my first hens. She is three years + now.