Can Hens die from being Egg Bound

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by janelle18, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. janelle18

    janelle18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Coop
    Yesterday I lost one of my EE hens, I found her in the coop the yesterday morning but I didn't notice anything wrong the day before. I am sad because she was my only EE laying ( but the day before that i did get an olive colour egg so hopefully i have a new hen starting). She has been egg bound before but passed a smushed up eggs then a normal one. I can't see any other cause of death for her :(
    I love EE's for their pretty eggs but have had the most problems with them (mean to each other and take SO long to lay)
  2. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    Sadly, chickens can die from being egg bound.
  3. farmer boy

    farmer boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    i think they can die from being egg bound but if a hen gets egg bound you are supposed to bath them in warm water and rub around the area i think idk i never had a egg bound hen before
  4. 20130207536880

    20130207536880 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2013
    A hen that is egg bound will stand hunched, show signs of distress, disinterest in drinking, loss of appetite, abdominal straining passing wet droppings (egg binding interferes with defecation) lethargic, and frequent sitting.

    This condition can be caused by the egg being the wrong way round a egg that is too large (possibly due to a calcium imbalance caused by stress) and a lack of nesting areas. Any subsequent eggs will back up.

    The best treatment is to keep her warm and quite and put a little KY jelly or liquid paraffin into the vent with your finger. With the other hand, press gently on her abdomen to push the egg towards the vent, and you should see it start to emerge. If it remains stuck because the egg is too large, gently pierce the egg and remove ALL fragments (any fragments left behind will cause injury). Return the hen to warmth and quiet after you have finished.

    If not treated hens can die from this condition, usually within 48 hours.

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