How to tell if a hen is egg bound? How to fix her?
She could be egg bound or she could have a prolapsed vent. A prolapse can sometimes happen with egg binding, so they may be happening together. Poke a finger an inch or two into her vent to check for an egg. If you feel an egg, then try to manipulate the egg into coming out. Egg binding can be caused by too large an egg, damage to the vent from large eggs in the past, or from dehydration or low calcium levels. Giving fluid, and some calcium in the form of a Tums tablet, a calcium tablet, or crushed egg shell in some yogurt may help. With a prolapsed vent with egg binding, the first thing is to get the egg out. Then apply either honey or Preparation H to the vent to keep it moist and to reduce swelling. Try to push the red tissue back inside. Make sure that she can pass droppings. A stuck egg will prevent this, and she could die. Sometimes, more large intestinal tissue may prolapse and that usually is a reason to put the hen down. Prolapse has a chance to recur if their is vent damage. Placing in a dark area for 16 hours every night, and reducing the amount of protein in the diet for a few days is a way to stop laying to help the cent heal. Daily soaking in warm water to keep the vent clean may be helpful. Let us know if she passes the egg, and what happens.