Western Explorer is acting sick, displaying the same symptoms that Samurai did before we lost her a year ago: her abdomen is swollen, she’s getting listless, and she’s waddling with her feet turned in. I gave her a bath to clean up her butt, gave her some baby spinach as a treat, and turned to Google.
A search for “chicken swollen abdomen” led me to a condition called “ascites,” which according to my paramedic husband is a general condition of fluid in the abdomen, which can be treated by draining the fluid out with a syringe. I found good forum threads on it here and here, so after lunch we’re going to try it.
Wish us luck!