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Egg bound calcium dosage

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My Red is lethargic, not eating/drinking since yesterday. Today her belly is distended and I caught her standing in the nest box for over an hour (didnt see when she went in).

I gave her a warm bath for 20min and she started panting (she's always the first to complain about warm weather). I felt around the inside of the vent and i *think* i felt a soft egg.
I came across a few articles on calcium injection for egg impaction, but no dosage info.
I have "poultry nutri-drench" that has 0.4-0.7% calcium and is taken orally. I also bought "calcium gluconate 23%" for cattle/sheep. Will one of these work?? How much calcium is needed to expel the egg?

1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
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1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
and 1 human baby (born December 15,2011) 

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post #2 of 23

Look at post # 11:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/809113/egg-bound-hen-please-help-asap/10

post #3 of 23

I would use the 23% and give it orally in the muscle or under the skin. Nutri Drench will not work.

 

-Kathy

post #4 of 23

Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook says 50-100mg/kg

 

http://avianmedicine.net/content/uploads/2013/03/09_therapeutic_agents.pdf

Here is a copy and paste from above link:

 

DRUG NAME SPECIES DOSAGE (mg/kg unless otherwise stated) ROUTE DOSAGE INTERVAL C.I.** REFERENCE COMMENTS (see references for duration, precautions and

contraindications)Calcium Gluconate Avian 100-300 IM-SC NL E 1480 Add phytonadione for bleeding syndrome

Calcium Gluconate Avian 5-10 IM-SC BID E 1473

Calcium Gluconate Avian 50-100 IV NL E 1473 Slowly to effect

Calcium Gluconate Avian 5-10 IM NL E 1474

Calcium Gluconate Avian 50-100 IV NL E 1474 Give slowly, follow with oxytocin ordinoprostone for egg binding, may addvitamin E + selenium

Calcium Gluconate Avian 100-300 SC NL E 148

post #5 of 23
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Can you please help me decipher this? I prefer orally- but will do SQ if I have to. It says follow with oxy- which I don't have (ill call the farm supply in the morn and see if they sell it)

She is a 2yr old RIR- I'm guessing 5# or so. How many MLs? If I give it orally does it need to be diluted? And twice a day for how long (or am I reading it wrong)?

Thank you so much for helping me!!! I'm so scared I'm going to loose her - she is the sweetest chicken sad.png

1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
and 1 human baby (born December 15,2011) 

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1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
and 1 human baby (born December 15,2011) 

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post #6 of 23
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She's picking at some watermelon- I hope that's a good sign.

1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
and 1 human baby (born December 15,2011) 

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1 Cockatiel        1 House Rabbits
2 hens-  Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock (born April 13, 2011)
2 Ducks - Peking, Rouen (Born May 3, 2011)
and 1 human baby (born December 15,2011) 

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post #7 of 23

How did your chicken do? I have an egg bound chicken currently and on my way to buy the calcium gluconate. I don't understand the dosage information...maybe you had success and could help me out. Thank you.

post #8 of 23
For a subcutaneous injection, 0.5 to 0.75 CC once daily is sufficient. SC is preferable to oral, as use of a calcium & vit E supplement like Walmart Wellnesse formula can be given at a rate of 1 CC orally (use syringe minus the needle). A drench has vitamins but insufficient calcium for the desired purpose.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Loveabully View Post

How did your chicken do? I have an egg bound chicken currently and on my way to buy the calcium gluconate. I don't understand the dosage information...maybe you had success and could help me out. Thank you.

The calcium gluconate has 230mg per 1ml (cc) and the range I have seen mentioned is anywhere from 50-300mg/kg. My small bantams get 1cc and my larger hens get 3-5cc.

-Kathy
post #10 of 23

Thank you! Do you give it orally? I am not sure how to give it intravenously...I have a needle and could do it just not sure where you stick them....

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