My chicken is severely constipated and I'm not sure how much more she can take. We soaked her for an hour yesterday and cleaned off her bottom. She is isolated and in doors in a warm cage. We have given her blueberries, pancake, rice, normal feed, and water. She has eaten a little, but has still not passed anything and wont walk around. I'm willing to try anything, please help!!
Constipated Chicken, What to do?
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Are you sure she isn't egg bound? Gently feel hens abdomen for an egg. Handle her craefully to do this. You don't want the egg to break inside of her. Next, check the hen's vent to see if the egg is lodged within reach. If you feel an egg, submerge her bottom in a warm (not hot) bath for at least 30 min. This will help her vent area to relax. Speak gently to her and massage her belly in the direction of the vent. She should start calm down and begin to relax. This method is done several times a day. Place her (if you can) in a wire cage bottom and place a basin of steamy water beneath it. The water should be warm enough to provide steam but not hot enought to burn. Provide a heat lamp with a sheet or towel to retain the moisture. Monitor the heat with a thermometer and keep the temp warm. Do not exceed 102. Provide fresh water. The moist heat method should work in a few hours. Hope this helps. Good luck.
i heard molasses works well on chicks but i´ve never tried it.here is a link http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html . if you scroll down you´ll find directions on how to use it. good luck!
Hi. I have helped many constipated chickens. I got advice from a man who is a chicken expert and I have used it numerous times and it hasn't failed. I apply very warm compresses to the vent and surrounding area for about 10-15 minutes per session. Then I lubricate the hen's vent with vaseline (I wear a glove and use my pinky finger) and let her go. I do this 1 - 2 times per day for about 5 - 7 days. The hen lays on her tummy on my daughter's lap with a lightweight towel over face to help keep her calm. Additionally,
We put SAV-A-CHICK probiotics and electrolytes in the hen's water for 3-5 days. I'm off to go do this for one of my hens now. Maybe someone can tell me why they get constipated so easily in the first place. Wood shavings? Pine needles? Could eating these be the culprit?
I think I have a severely constipated chicken (I'm hoping it's constipation). I went away for the weekend and when I came back I noticed she had a floppy purple comb and was lethargic with a diarrhea messy bottom. I picked her up and her belly is big, hard and lumpy. I gave her a warm epsoms salt bath and checked her cloaca - which was clear. I gave her about 300mg of calcium in honey water thinking she might be egg bound, but I read up on anatomy and I don't think it's that. There are lumps that might be eggs in her abdomen, but they are very lumpy. 4 things I think it might be is internal laying, ascites, massive worm load (I haven't seen any worms) or extremely bad constipation. Her belly is not hot. She was lethargically walking and eating before the bath, but has only been lying still since then. She did have enough energy to fight the bath a little. Breathing is fine, eyes are clear, waddles look good. She's holding her head and tail up. She only pooped a tiny bit of light green and white diarrhea from yesterday evening to this morning. She's not straining to lay, and is walking more like a duck than a penguin.
I plan on giving her some molasses water tonight, anything else I can do for her?