can a hen pass a broken egg all on her own?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sonew123, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    When I was putting and locking the girls up for the night-I happened to notice my oldest hen's butt with what looked like the egg white leaking down from it-no yolk-now she is not freindly as hard as I tried to "tame" her-her bunk mates are darlings. rescued her last year from my SIL who just allowed her to wlk around in the dead of winter with no shelter-she had given away the rest of her flock and couldnt catch this one-I snagged her and threw her in a tucker tote and brought her home-fortunately they took right to her. Now I dont know if what I saw was really egg white drooling down-but if it was, can she pass the egg shells on her own? Has anyone ever had their hen do it by herself? I dont think she has ever had this problem-and today I did not get an egg from her...I know what I should-I hope from all the info I have read on here-if I see shell fragments-Im just dreading catching her to bath her is all-but Ill do whatever it takes to make her feel better so she is not in pain...
     
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would give her a warm bath and allow her to soak and relax. You can also use a (sorry) turkey baster to gently flush out her vent. Sometimes the hen will pass the fragments this way. Sometimes.

    She might be feeling bad enough to let you do it. Covering her head with a dark colored washcloth might help.

    Give her a boost of calcium by crushing up a Tums and giving it to her on a treat such as a scrambled egg. Don't use Rolaids.
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Im going to keep an eye on her todat bigtime-when I let the girls out to free range she went right to her water and food and ate-so thats a good sign-her comb and waddles are red and perky-her but is realll messy looking-so if by 3 she shows any sign of disstress its the tub for her...
     
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    she should be able to release the egg herself. It may take a while, but she should do it on her own.
     

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