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?