I have five hens an recently one of them has been looking very uncomfortable. She looks "fat" her feathers are puffed out slightly and if she was a human you would describe her posture as slumped. She just looks really awkward and uncomfortable. I think she may be eggbound,but this has never happened to me before-one of my other hens looked awkward like that but sorted herself out in less then a day and a half,and that was nearly two years ago.
This hen has been looking like this since the beginning of this week/end of last week and I have tried a couple of things that are recommended for hens with eggbound symptoms. However,for the first few days she was only look a bit slower and a bit odd compared with the others,but she was enthusiastic to go out and was eating her regular food and a few treats fine.
Has this happened to anybody else,and what to do? I know a vet that will treat her if all else fails..
She is a Rhode Island Red hybrid,like two of my other hens,and my other two are Minorca and Bluebell breeds,just if that helps.
I felt under her and I didn't feel an egg. She is still doing her 'business' fine. But,I regularly let them out of their little henhouse enclosure and sometimes if I can't get one of them into the garden I will lift her and let her fly over the fence. I tried this with this hen and she couldn't manage the very short distance she had to land,she skidded slightly and looked awkward.
Nearly all of my hens are just getting back into laying after the winter,and some can be a bit pushier then others when it comes to 'who lays first' so she might not have been able to lay in her own time,and I let them out into the garden every day,and they don't lay out there,so she might not have been able to have one in time.
She is currently isolated and in a warm area and we tried a remedy in which you put her in a bath of warm to hot water to relax her and then isolate her and keep her warm. This seems to have relaxed her but she is very sleepy and not very responsive and staying in the same position. She also puked a bit earlier. I know a vet that will treat her if she doesn't lay an egg by tomorrow if she is eggbound,but again,I have never had this happen so I can't be sure what to do.