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Intussusception is a serious emergency condition which requires rapid treatment by a veterinarian. Intussusception occurs when part of the chicken's intestine folds into the section next to it. When this occurs, it often causes a blockage in the intestine, preventing any food or fluid from passing through.

Intussusception may be caused by intestinal polyps, intestinal tumors, intestinal parasites, and/or cystic fibrosis.

Clinical signs of Intussusception

Clinical signs include depression, lack of appetite, abdominal enlargement, bloody feces, vomiting, and/or lack of feces.

Clinical Signs

Progressive weight loss
Loss of appetite
Not defecating


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound
  • Necropsy


SurgeryEarly, prompt treatment is required to save the bird. Surgery needs to be conducted by a qualified avian veterinarian.
DexamethasoneMay decrease the risk of another episode


Scientific References

Risk Factors

  • High intestinal parasite loads