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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My chicken is very bloated. She pretty much is walking

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My chicken is very bloated. She pretty much is walking standing up. I am almost positive there is no egg stuck I. There. She has a a lot of fluid and her comb is still Red I soaked her in warm water for 20 minutes and she really liked it. Her poop was stuck and now it's not. What else can I do for her. She had lost hair down there and is red. She is still eating and drinking. She tryes to nest a lot. Please help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx
Please review the above link. You appear to be describing ascites - an accumulation of fluid within the abdominal cavity but that isn't entirely clear nor is it easy to confirm without a thorough physical exam of your chicken. Her wanting to nest, feather loss and redness about her vent, however, would suggest an inflammation of her oviduct +/- impaction with eggs.
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