Hi all. Need some help. My Blue Orpington hen was egg bound a couple days ago. With soaking her twice for a half hour each an hour apart, then blowing her dry, she did poop out what looked like scrambled eggs. It was very light yellow. Then the next day found a shriveled up soft egg shell. (was sort of rubbery). Lately she's been laying some soft shelled eggs and some eggs with a very thin fragile shell, and one shelless egg. When she first started laying her eggs were perfect. I'd say these weird eggs started happening a few weeks ago.
Today she was acting normal until this afternoon and now she's acting egg bound again! UGH! So preparing for 2 more soakings tonight and she's back in a crate in the house. She can still pass stools and I've seen her drinking normal amounts of water today. And she did eat earlier. About a couple hours ago she was laying under one of the bushes next to our deck and looked like she was trying to push out an egg. She has no interest in food now. Her butt feels big butt soft and I can't feel an egg. (Same as a few nights ago.)
Her diet is Organic Egg layer pellets. And they all get treats of the following organic foods from my garden: (all chopped up too!) Tomatoes, spinach, apple, zucchini. Lately I've added some cottage cheese (Thinking of the Calcium for her.) and with the cottage cheese (sometimes some yogurt) I mix in crushed egg shells and Food Grade Diatomacous Earth. In all the waterers I put in a teaspoon to tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. They have a bowl that I keep filled with grit and oyster shells, but never see any of them eating any of that stuff. They free range during the day on our 1/4 of an acre fenced in back yard .
I have 2 other hens a month older than her. And 2 pullets I kept from eggs one of my other hens hatched out from another organic farmer that raises their chickens organically like I am. They all look great! Non of them are fat. I pet them all daily.
So that should give ya'll the back ground! I'm hoping that she's NOT egg bound and was just trying to lay an egg. But after the other night, and the way she's acting, I think she is egg bound again. Is this possible?? And if she keeps doing this and having soft shelled eggs, should I see if I can find a vet that will spay her? Is this something that is typical of Blue Orpingtons?? The rest of the chickens are Wyandotts and the pullets are barn yard mixes.
The only antibiotic I have for chickens is Tylan 50 injectable. I know that that one is for respiratory infections. So wondering what to get or give her in case she has an infection at the other end.
These chickens are our pets. So not willing to cull her!
The first picture is her normally. The second picture is of the other night giving her a 30 min soaking in warm water. And the 3rd picture is of her a couple hours ago.