What is ailing my chicken?


5 Years
Jun 26, 2014
Hi everyone. I have a five-year-old Ameraucana (she might be an Easter egger) hen. She has been very slow the past few days—her abdomen is full of liquid (ascites, I think); she has a slow-ish liquidy crop, and she is very dehydrated—drinking a LOT. She has always had very watery poos, and is usually a very active, muscular, excited chicken. However, she did stop laying a few months ago, first she started laying only small yolkless eggs and now she doesn’t lay at all. I don’t think there’s anything that can be done really, except keep her happy, but does anyone have any idea what might be ailing her? I suspect some sort of organ failure—she doesn’t have respiratory problems or sores to indicate a disease, and she isn’t wasting away getting skinny like some of my other chickens have (yet) so I don’t think it’s cancer either.

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