Hunched and swollen. Not a layer

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Hunched and swollen. Not a layer

Post by Imadgehen » 23 Feb 2014, 20:17

Hi. I've returned from a week's holiday to find a sick hen. Friend has been feeding them as normal. Hen is very plumped up and sitting on its tail, looking like walking is too much effort. Crop swollen but enthusiastic appetite. She often looks plumped up and stands around quietly. Her crop is often full as well so those signs may be normal for her. Not sure how old she is but she hasn't laid for a year now.

I lifted her into the nest box tonight and she made no effort to stand up and toppled. I gently righted her and don't know what I can do for her. It looks like EYP but I don't think it can be as she doesn't lay?

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Re: Hunched and swollen. Not a layer

Post by NannyP » 23 Feb 2014, 20:42

Do some searches on here for impacted crop. If she has an impacted crop, she will be hungry as food is not getting through.

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Re: Hunched and swollen. Not a layer

Post by Imadgehen » 23 Feb 2014, 20:50

Ok thanks. I look forward to dealing with that first thing before a day at work....

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Re: Hunched and swollen. Not a layer

Post by Imadgehen » 25 Feb 2014, 22:43

It wasn't impacted crop (but I've learnt something from researching it). It was peritonitis and I took the decision to have her euthanised. No diagnosis but vet thought maybe ovarian cancer

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Post by drfish » 26 Feb 2014, 10:39

Egg peritonitis can happen without an underlying cause. It's just a cock up in the reproduction system.
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