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Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by KsKingBee, May 5, 2016.
How much calcium gluconate is the correct dosage for a peahen? I have the injectable on hand.
@KsKingBee , this is NOT the best way to start your morning
Hopefully it won't take too long to read through this, but I've been reading this thread (and re-reading it) the past month or two... the discussion between @DylansMom & @casportpony is really helpful on the subject of calcium gluconate and egg binding treatment as a whole. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/980241/another-egg-bound-hen
Here are a couple quotes from that thread... (https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/980241/another-egg-bound-hen)
Yes 23% and she had 5ml at 8am.
From post #48 --
Yes! Very helpful, I remember this thread but it didn't come up in my search. The hen seems to be ok, but I expect to find an egg any day now, her first this year. If she starts looking like she is in distress I will administer the CG. I just don't think that a calcium deficiency is the problem as they have been getting about one whole raw egg per day for each hen, shell and all in the mash.
What do you think about changing the title of the thread so folks can find it when searching?
The amount of 23% CG I use now is ~0.45 ml per 1 kg (= 100 mg/kg), and I always give it with fluids. In seriously egg bound hens I give 200 ml subcutaneous fluids and subcutaneous calcium twice a day. If not in distress, I give 60-90 ml fluids orally and repeat in 60-90 minutes, but only if crop has mostly cleared.
Does that help?
So @KsKingBee , the first thing you will need to do is to check your bottle of calcium gluconate and see whether you have the 23% or the 10%, since it is sold in two different strengths. (I'm guessing you probably have the 23%, but since it is sold both ways, you have to look.)
The other thing that was in the old discussion (that I didn't have time to copy over) was the importance of fluids. I think Kathy mentioned her vet had said the fluids were extremely important, which is why you see all the emphasis in the treatments above on getting sufficient fluid into the hen, either through the crop or subcutaneously. Apparently dehydration in the hen can really be a significant cause of egg binding. (Did I get that right @casportpony ?)
Also, I think the only person who can change or edit the title to a thread is the person who started it... sorry!
Perfect! Calcium can strain the kidneys, so that's another reason I give fluids, but to quote my vet "dehydration is one of the main causes of egg binding".
I'd be happy to change the title of that thread, if someone can tell me how. When I go back to it I do not see an edit button.
Just an update, Bertolli the egg bound hen in that thread started his season off great... 5 perfect eggs, 4 that are developing in the bator now and one perch bomb. Eggs 6 and 7 have each been a day late and soft shelled. I think I will try some calcium and fluids this evening to see if it makes a difference in tomorrows egg.