Hen with swollen abdomen

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Miss Bean

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Hen with swollen abdomen
« on: April 19, 2010, 20:23 »
I've been away for the last week and not able to tell whether Henrietta has been laying or not, but tonight I noticed that her abdomen was looking rather large and clearly visible below the perch. I had a quick feel and the swelling is rather warm and squashy.

I thought today when she was patrolling the garden that she was walking a bit strangely, but other than that she looks healthy and was certainly grazing as normal.

Could she be egg bound?
Lesley, loves growing beans!

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themagicaltoad1

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Re: Hen with swollen abdomen
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 22:53 »
I can't answer your query but I seem to remember seeing threads on this problem before and it's quite serious. I think you might need a trip to the vet. Hopefully someone with experience of this can give you a better answer soon.

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Miss Bean

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Re: Hen with swollen abdomen
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 08:22 »
oh golly  :( I'll have another look around here to see what I can find…

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Miss Bean

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Re: Hen with swollen abdomen
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 08:17 »
The good news and the bad news… I'll start with the bad!

I can't find anything that relates to my chook so I've no idea if action is required or not. The good news is that the swelling has reduced somewhat after she laid a MASSIVE egg on Tuesday and then again yesterday. Also on Tuesday there was a lot of squidgy egg shell on the floor of the coop, so I'm wondering if she had a temporary blockage that just caused her to blow up a bit.

I'll keep an eye on her!



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