What is this??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by srfrgrl, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. srfrgrl

    srfrgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken has a bulge below her vent. Thought it could be unlaid eggs but not really sure. Soft and squishy to the touch. Does not seem to bother her but is getting bigger by the day. Any suggestions? I tried to load a picture but for some reason it did not work.[​IMG]
     
  2. widelacing

    widelacing Out Of The Brooder

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    The growing bulge probably means she is egg bound which happens when she cannot produce the hard shell necessary to pass an egg. However, egg bound chickens generally walk like penguins and droop their tail. You may have caught it before these symptoms come into play, which is good. Give her a warm bath in water with epsom salt. You will be surprised at how she complies. Feed her a calcium supplement, one meant for humans is ok, and see how she does. Although the bulge may be something else, this procedure won't hurt, and when you know for sure it may be too late. I lost a hen to this issue just a few weeks ago. Wish I had caught it when she was at the point yours is.
     

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