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Symptoms of an egg bound chicken?

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I have a lovely big buff Orpington who has been sitting in a nesting box for four days now, but no egg in sight. (or feel!)

She mutters at me when I pass my hands around and under her, which is the way she behaves when she is on eggs...but nada.

Should I be concerned? hmm

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I have an egg bound chicken. Today will be the 4Th day. She has been real sluggish & has a big egg poking out near her vent. I hope she passes the egg. I would hate to loose her.I took her to the vet. She will go back to the vet if she doesn't pass the egg.

I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'll be interested in the replies, because I also have a Buff Orpington exhibiting the same behavior.  Almost like she's gone broody, but no eggs.  Vent a little red; she's a little quieter than normal but otherwise seems fine.  But the constant sitting with no results bothers me, even if she seems okay with it.

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I have the same thing!!!  Also a BO hen.  This is her third spring, she's just over 2 years old.  So she's been through 2 "laying seasons", took a break over the winter.  She has been sitting in the box, sometimes with her rear facing OUT (which is weird).  She just makes these little quiet noises at me. 

I took her out, and she seems like she has lost weight and is weak/stumbly.  I gave her 3 ml of Kickin' Chicken, and some scrambled egg with some bread to get her to eat something.  She did eat several bites, and drank some water.  Guess I need to get some calcium in her?  I'm not sure how to feel for an egg...  hu

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My egg bound baby has the egg bound right below her vent. Her vent is protruding out & you can feel the egg inside her. It suxs I wish mine would some how pass it. She's lubed up but she won't lay it. She has always been a pro at laying but now she acts like she's never layed an egg. Maybe , it hurts her alot when she tries to push it out.

I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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Just got done with a sitz bath (the chicken, not me!).  She sat in there all nice and quiet for a while.  Looked like a duck.  Then after about 20 min. she stood up and was like "I'm ready to get out now!"  So I dried her off a little and put her in isolation with some scrambled egg and bread crumbs, and some water with a little ACV in it (just a hint).  Her butt is pulsating.  Hopefully she will lay soon.

P. S. - I did manage to goop a little Vaseline on her butt hole, hope that helps!fl

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After a few baths, getting some olive oil up her butt, and being rewarded with only olive oil scented poo, my poor chicken passed away late yesterday afternoon.  I've cut her open, looking for signs of eggs, not sure what I'm looking at...  hu  I did find her oviduct, it seems like it is filled with lumps of off-white clumpy material.  No actual "egg" in there.  Sort of looks like scrambled eggs, with the white and yolk mixed.  There was nothing resembling an egg shell in there.  So it was apparently not a big egg stuck.

I did call Dr. Gary Butcher at the Univ. of FL, he thinks she just sort of got stopped up, egg "stuff" just backed up and caused inflammation/infection and she could not take it.  Poor girl.  I will miss her.  sad

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I am so sorry about your girl, tulie.  I think I might have an egg bound chicken, myself.  I went out there at six o'clock in the afternoon, to check on them and make sure the water was full and everything, and she was sitting in the box, panting like she was getting ready to lay.  Well, when I went out there an hour later to let the girls out of their run to free range a bit before bed, she was still in the box.  She would get out every once in a while to get some water, but would go back in.  I could hear her constantly scratching around trying to get comfortable in there.  Occasionally I saw her squating on the floor of the coop, then she'd go back up in the nest box.  It was like she couldn't make up her mind about where she wanted to lay.  A little bit later the other girls went in for bed and she was on the roost, her vent pulsating and her panting and everything.  I went to go check on her about half an hour ago and she was in the corner of the coop sitting on the floor. 

She's done this to me before, though...I don't think it was this long.  I hope I don't go out there in the morning and see scrambled eggs on the floor of the coop!  Though, I think that would be more of a relief than no egg at all hmm  I'm hoping everything is ok.  She's my favorite, and these are my first chickens.   fl

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My babies... 14 chickens: 1 Spitz Roo (Mordecai), 3 speckled sussex (Lucy, +2 no names), , 2 ameraucana (Sandy, Cheeks), 1 red sex-link (Merida), 2 Wellsummers, 1 Black-Copper Maran (Katy Perry), 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte (Ethel), 2 Barred Rock- (Jane and Marilyn), 1 Polish Tophat (Mrs. Puff).  4 ducklings: Pekin (Brutus), and 3 dunno what kinds-Jasmine, Senna, and Brownie.  Two doggies:...
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I came home from shopping today and found my Barnevelder, Maggie, laying in the corner of our outside pen. She was't moving and barly breathing. I put all my other hens inside and picked her up. She hardly moved. When I looked her over to see what could be wrong, I saw there was a lot of blood in her vent area. She had laid an egg this morning and was fine when I left the house. Could she have been bound with another egg? With in 20 miniutes of me finding her, she died. A sad day for me. RIP Miss Maggie Mae

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 "The Poultry Palace" Home of "The Cluck Club"

Mama hen to 1 tree tappin, bass catchin hubby, 2 cute and crazy sons, 1 jumpin Jack Russell, 2 pretty parakeets,  and a bunch of beautiful chickens! 

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