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duckinnut

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I have a 2 year old RSL and I am thinking she is egg bound but not 100% sure. Her lower abdomen is all puffed out like she is going to explode. She will often stand like she is going to lay but she seems like she can't. Have given her 3 warm baths put vaseline in her,and felt down her oviduct as far as my finger could go but couldn't feel any egg. She is drinking and eating a little. As far as poop goes,the first 2 days was all liquid but today was runny with a some solid after a nice bath. She looks miserable but can't bring myself to cull her since she looked comfortable after said bath. Could she have an intestinal block or at least partial? Chickens being chickens are like toddlers eat something they shouldn't. Any input,ideas or advice are welcome at this point.
 

CMV

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I would stake money that she has EYP. She's the right breed and the right age. How long has it been since she laid? Are you sure of her last time laying?
 

duckinnut

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I would stake money that she has EYP. She's the right breed and the right age. How long has it been since she laid? Are you sure of her last time laying?
Probably 4 or 5 days anyways. She was on 3 to 4 eggs a week schedule basically every other day normally but not etched in stone. This is day 3 and know for a fact that she laid on Sunday and on Tuesday she was in the box late for her and squirted out pure diarrhea. I was thinking EYP but hoping it wasn't.
 

duckinnut

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Well after researching EYP at the time and know there could be different outcomes with the matter. My girl has bounced back after a couple of days of semi dark isolation. Her appetite is back to normal, swelling in her abdomen has disappeared and has rejoined the flock. Back fighting for share of food and always in the mix. The only question has she resumed laying? That I don't know the answer to, her comb is still bright red and hopefully can catch her in the process. Credit science and prayer to her survival. I am not one for free loaders but couldn't bring myself to cull her after 2 years of great laying from her. Even if she gives me a couple a week if she resumes I will take it as a bonus.
 

speckledhen

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She can have EYP and bloating and then the bloating can subside for awhile, then she will seem to be okay, but she won't be laying, most likely-they rarely begin laying after that. She may then begin to lose weight and energy.

I just lost a 3 year old hen that way (have lost many to internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis). We did give her a massive round of penicillin and over a couple of weeks, the bloating disappeared, but she never regained her full personality and died about a week ago in the middle of the night, though she seemed to have actually gained a few ounces back. They usually will continue eating okay, but they won't keep weight on.
 
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duckinnut

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She can have EYP and bloating and then the bloating can subside for awhile, then she will seem to be okay, but she won't be laying, most likely-they rarely begin laying after that. She may then begin to lose weight and energy.

I just lost a 3 year old hen that way (have lost many to internal laying and egg yolk peritonitis). We did give her a massive round of penicillin and over a couple of weeks, the bloating disappeared, but she never regained her full personality and died about a week ago in the middle of the night, though she seemed to have actually gained a few ounces back. They usually will continue eating okay, but they won't keep weight on.
Thanks I will keep an eye on her. If she does die it will be beyond me and nature taking its natural course. Where she appears not to be in any pain or discomfort I'll just let her be.
 
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