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Not sure if there is a post on this yet, and I am sure I will see one. I have had chickens for 3 years now, lost a few gained a few. Its all in learning. My "Carmen" is a Rhodie and has been eggbound for about a month now. We have given her a bath with epsom salt and hot water for about 2 weeks now, I should have started as soon as I noticed. But hey, even after 3 years, I am still learning. ...We have kept her in water for 20 minutes and massaged her vent every day for 2 weeks. Nothing is working. I know she is tired and needs extra Calcium. She eats Purena- Layena (which is full of calcium), and has Oyester shell available at all times. I know I should get Calcium tablets for her and I havent did that yet. I am very lost and not giving up on her but I don't know what to do anymore.  Any input would be great!

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Welcome to BYC.

Can you post some photos of her?

When you say she if egg bound, do you mean that she is exhibiting signs of internal laying such as Peritonitis, Ascites, etc.

What symptoms/signs does she have?

 

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

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She is about a year old. She is limping,swollen and red belly. She is exhausted from all the pushing and i think the egg is stuck sideways from the feel of it. She lays 1-2 eggs however, every other day.

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What would cause an egg to look like this?
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Not sure if there is a post on this yet, and I am sure I will see one. I have had chickens for 3 years now, lost a few gained a few. Its all in learning. My "Carmen" is a Rhodie and has been eggbound for about a month now. We have given her a bath with epsom salt and hot water for about 2 weeks now, I should have started as soon as I noticed. But hey, even after 3 years, I am still learning. ...We have kept her in water for 20 minutes and massaged her vent every day for 2 weeks. Nothing is working. I know she is tired and needs extra Calcium. She eats Purena- Layena (which is full of calcium), and has Oyester shell available at all times. I know I should get Calcium tablets for her and I havent did that yet. I am very lost and not giving up on her but I don't know what to do anymore.  Any input would be great!

 

Originally Posted by Dawniepooh1 View Post
 

 

She is about a year old. She is limping,swollen and red belly. She is exhausted from all the pushing and i think the egg is stuck sideways from the feel of it. She lays 1-2 eggs however, every other day.

 

Can you take her to a vet?

If she is still laying eggs, then she most likely does not have an egg stuck in the oviduct.

She could have an internal laying issue like the links provided in the previous post.

In the photo provided it looks like it is red and swollen at the tail?

If her belly is swollen then she probably has an infection from Ascites or Peritonitis.

You can give her extra calcium either by supplement or crush a tums and feed it to her, but if her eggs are coming out normally then she most likely has enough calcium.

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What would cause an egg to look like this?

@Nicole3350 you may want to start your own thread about your egg problem, but here are a couple of links to get you started:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/

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