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Hen will not eat, drink or move out of coop. Has poopy butt. I have seen several posts mentioning "egg bound" chicken.
sad what is this and how do you fix it?

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post #2 of 29

Eggbound means they have an egg in there that needs to be laid but got stuck. Can you check her abdomen and see if she has a mass in it or an egg shape in it?

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The method to fix is bring hen in house and put her in tub of warm water and massage her abdomen so she can lay egg (about 1/2 hour i think). My hen didnt like that so I got a heating pad on her bum and sat with her in my lap for a while.

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Eggbound is when an egg gets stuck in the oviduct as the hen is trying to lay it.

It happened to my Matilda last fall, and I could feel the egg in there by palpating her lower abdomen -- dunno whether or not you can *always* feel it but I think you often/usually can. She also prolapsed from straining at the stuck egg, but I guess they don't always.

Here are some threads discussing treatment of eggbound chickens: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=26414
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=24840


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are many others, but note that that eggbound seems often to be confused with internal laying and/or salpingitis, as well as plenty of other problems.

OTOH, does your hen seem actually ill -- under the weather -- or is it concievable she is just feeling broody? <crossed fingers>

Good luck,

Pat, in Canada

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She looks fine will eat a bite or 2 of bread. She will not interact with others and saw just standing in the coop. She only walks if she has to . Slight poop on tail feathers. She is our double yolk layer, EVERY egg she has ever laid was a doubler yolker. I am goin to sit her in the tub and see if that helps

will let you know how it goes

thanks!!!!!

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If you could get her to eat some homemade oatmeal that might help also

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after the thirty minutes in the water do we put her back in the nest or will she lay it in the water?

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I would put her in a kennel in the house and check with other people and the link given above. You may want to make some oatmeal for her. Keep her warm and quiet. I am not an expert by any means so maybe some one else has more input

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Originally Posted by sbox 

She looks fine will eat a bite or 2 of bread. She will not interact with others and saw just standing in the coop. She only walks if she has to . Slight poop on tail feathers. She is our double yolk layer, EVERY egg she has ever laid was a doubler yolker. I am goin to sit her in the tub and see if that helps


It does sound like she might be eggbound, and a warm sitzbath sounds like a good thing to try.

When I went thru this with Matilda it was suggested to me, very sensibly i think, to make sure she had plenty of calcium-rich foods to eat -- I gave her yogurt, and I think crushed Tums as well. To help the egg-movin'-along muscles work at optimal strength. (edited to add: oh, and vitamins in here water)

Good luck,

Pat


Edited by patandchickens - 2/9/08 at 3:47pm
post #10 of 29

so how does the warm water work ive never heard of this and does it really come out???:|

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