What else looks like "water belly"?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hfchristy, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. hfchristy

    hfchristy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2.5 year old Welsh Harlequin with a seriously droopy pouch hanging down between her legs. Not quite to the point of dragging, but it's getting awfully close! Over the summer I thought it was just eggs in there since she laid more eggs and bigger than the others (different breeds). Then when the eggs stopped, I thought it was just stretched out, but it has continued to get bigger.
    Searching the internet led me to think it was "water belly", and since this has been slowly progressing, and she seems otherwise fine, I figured it was worth trying to drain. Watched videos, etc, and a friend and I tried yesterday. Nothing. Found a different chicken-raising friend who is also a nurse and has done this to humans. Still nothing.

    There were no hard lumps or anything. Completely squishy like you'd expect with fluid and obeys gravity, spreading out when you flip her over. What else could this be?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I wonder if she's just storing some extra fat. How is she otherwise, does she seem relatively perky and interested in life?
     
  3. hfchristy

    hfchristy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She seems otherwise healthy, but it's getting big enough to interfere with movement. Things like getting in and out of their pool seem to be a challenge.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Any chance you could have a vet look at her? I don't know if ducks can get hernias but it crossed my mind….
     

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