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Intussusception

Intussusception is a serious gastrointestinal tract disorder where part of the chicken's intestine slides, or telescopes, into another part of the intestine. When this occurs, it often causes a blockage in the intestine, preventing any food or fluid from passing through.

Clinical Signs

Progressive weight loss
Loss of appetite
Depression
Not defecating
Constipation

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Necropsy

Treatment

Surgery: Early, prompt treatment is required to save the bird. Surgery needs to be conducted by a qualified avian veterinarian.

Prevention

Scientific References

Risk Factors

  • High intestinal parasite loads