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Chicken has swollen abdomin towards vent feels as a full

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chicken has swollen abdomin towards vent feels as a full cropshould but in wrong place
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Now I have to say that I am quite concerned about this lass.
To see abdominal distension in a chicken raises a range of serious worries. We can see this related to egg binding (if she is in lay) but more often due to enlarged organs, masses, and especially since she is young, fluid accumulation (ascites).
Since fluid is our main worry for young birds, we need to appreciate that this can be related to internal bleeding (especially if her comb also looks pale) from trauma, fluid from internal disease (ie heart, liver, complications from low protein due to diarrhea, etc) and infection/peritonitis (often due to egg material getting into the abdomen to cause inflammation or infection).
With this all in mind, we do need to tread with care and be proactive here. Therefore, it'd be ideal to have her seen by your local vet at this stage. The vet will be able to have palpate the abdomen +/- scan or xray to see which issue is lurking. From there, they can sample the fluid for analysis (which can greatly differentiate between the differentials). Based on their findings, they will be able to advise you of the cause, her prognosis, and initiate treatment if they find our more treatable infection issue and give her a chance to recover from this.
If you don't have a specialist avian vet, you can check where you can find one at near you at the RCVS Register (, AAV (,, or
Please take care,
Dr. B.
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