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Thank you. Trying to read up on what we need to know. 

 

Is it treatable? Im getting mixed messages from Google and id like to give her a chance!

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Squishy underside sounds more like peritonitis, but like Mullet says, wait to see what the vet says. One of my hens got a antibiotics injection and daily antibiotic drops to be administered in the beak. Wait to see what the vet says, but maybe see if you can find a chickensavvy sitter or boarding place for your holiday.

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My in lws have said they'l nurse her! Thank goodness.  My mil had chickens for years.

We care for our girls so well I don't understand why we are having so much bad luck. :(

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It is treatable, but I think it depends on the condition of the hen and the severity. One of mine did perk up after treatment, but fell ill again a few months after and had to be pts.

 

1 minute ago, Natspringy said:

My in lws have said they'l nurse her! Thank goodness.  My mil had chickens for years.

We care for our girls so well I don't understand why we are having so much bad luck. :(

Nothing much you can do about this. Some breeds/hens seem to be more prone to this. I have hen since 2014 and so far have lost 3. 1 to peritonitis, 1 to recurring prolapse and 1 to mareks. All of them around the 2 year mark.

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Weve only had them a year and this is our second poorly girl. Im so careful with them too. 

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Definitely sounds like peritonitis. Yellow stuff came out when we felt for an egg.

Fingers crossed for her. She' my lovely big baby chicken.

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So seeming okay this am. Just waiting to call vets. A friend recommended a warm Epsom bath in case she has a broken egg in her. What do you guys think? Her thoughts are it will relax her too?  I don't want to cause undue stress but if it might help? 

She's come out for some poached egg!

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*Doing okay even

Seems a bit lethargic and not quite right but eating so hoping we can help her. She doesn't seem to want to drink though. Not sure how to tempt her!

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Been to vets. Found fluid and blood. Thinks it could be a bit of peritonitis and possibly a heart condition. Going to check in a week. Luckily my in laws are going to look after her for the week.

Thanks all for advice.

Hoping an implant and heart meds can buy her another year.

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I’m sure it’s nothing you’re doing, these things just happen so try not to beat yourself up about it. 

Its lucky you have experienced chicken keepers to look after her for you while you’re away. Fingers crossed she’ll recover.

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Thank you. She's made real progress this week. Which is great. She went back to the vets today and he thinks it is a heart condition. So she will be on heart meds and close monitoring. But she is doing well and still with us.

 

Sadly my inlaws hand over to my neighbour tomorrow. But he's been filly prepped.

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Well she had a few good weeks but has taken a turn for the worst. Sadly I think this is the end. (Calling vets as soon as they open.)  Such a shame; she's just the gentlest little chook and not yet a year old, bless her.

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Poor thing. But I think you made the right decision.

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Thank to guys. Vets at 6 so we have a few hours to see how she goes and to give her lots of cuddles.

Thanks for your kind words.

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She will eat watermelon! And luckily she's so comfortable in the kitchen that I can set her up a little sick bay to keep watch.

Little perkier than last night but still very sleepy.

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Such a sweet girl 

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She rallied over the day so not quite time to go yet. Vet warned probably not Kong left but still with us atm 😊

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Crazy because last night I was pretty certain I would wake up to a dead chicken. Complicated things chickens!

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3 minutes ago, Natspringy said:

Crazy because last night I was pretty certain I would wake up to a dead chicken. Complicated things chickens!

That’s one thing for sure!

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Totally! It's quite amazing how they rally when they do! Watermelon must be magical 😂

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Poor thing. You did all you could do, she had a great life.

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