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Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Chicken with distended belly and waddling need help in bk

From: Melina B.
Sent on: Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:48 PM
This is a good book to look at:
There are other references that you can use as well, and I always go to google first.. Backyard chickens dot com has some good discussion boards, but you have to take advice there with a grain of salt sometimes. I do alot of research and I collect avian vet books and chicken care books, plus I have much hands on experience. I also interact with my meetup's mailing list often, as you're doing here. 
The important thing is to know when to just make them comfy and not overtreat. About this one problem, it builds up and spreads over the organs; surgery is very difficult and would cost a lot. The discomfort and loss of normal life to the hen alone, would make it not worth it to me , but also the likelihood that it could be successful would be really small.
Personally I wouldn't think of putting a hormonal implant into a hen (as mentioned on that link in the comments section.) Part of what they do as chickens is lay eggs, and it seems crazy to go so far over the top as to mess with their hormones and stop them from living a normal hen life. Maybe that's an emerging area of avian medicine, but Ive never heard of it used on poultry as opposed to a $2000 parrot that is acting aggressive. I wonder if it really can extend life, and if its worth it. I have many old hens who are in retirement here, and if anyone wants a non-laying pet hen, I can fix you up!
Anyway, this is a very normal part of hen keeping and of the few things that often go wrong, this comes up again and again. I just don't want a vet to take advantage of how people feel about any particular hen; they sometimes just don't live all that long and there isnt much to do. I have had avian vets rip me off in a million ways but ultimately, the same set of things go wrong and they use the same medicines that are available to us via many different outlets.
Good luck with your girl...keep her quiet , warm, and give her some nice oatmeal and yogurt; see if she will eat and maybe pass some stuff. 

On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM, sage devine <[address removed]> wrote:

On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM, Molly Caldwell <[address removed]> wrote:
istended belly, is lethargic and waddling. I think she has a yolk buildup in her belly and need to know what to do. She hasn't been laying solid eggs as of late, only yolks. No one

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