Chicken has egg shell stuck in vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheBlessedCoop, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. TheBlessedCoop

    TheBlessedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    My year old hen laid a whole egg during the night. Then she laid another shell less egg(just white and yolk) very soon after. The shell to the last egg looks like a deflated balloon and is still partially inside her vent. I pulled on it slightly. Not hard enough to hurt her and it seems to be stuck pretty good. I gave her a warm bath but she still didn't pass it. She isn't able to poop. She is drinking but not eating. I know this is serious because she isn't pooping. Should I try giving her another bath? She refuses to lay down. She just stands like she is uncomfortable. Any advice would help!! She hasn't popped in three hours! Please respond quickly!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would try to pull a little harder. Sometimes the other hens will pull it out. Also I agree with gloving up and lubricating her vent to get it out. Usually you only have to insert a finger an inch or so. Let us know how it goes.
     
  4. MadamPoofyBrow

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    I agree with above posters. I'd go in and see if you can get it out. Pull and you could risk breaking it since it's soft-shelled, and she really doesn't need that inside of her.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If it is deflated, the egg has already broken inside.
     
  6. TheBlessedCoop

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    I am happy to report my hen is doing great today!![​IMG] I was able to pull the shell out during her second Epsom salt soak. I didn't need the Ky jelly but bought it just in case. Glad I got it for my chicken first aid kit. I might need it in the future. Thank y'all for the advice!![​IMG] Basil says thank you too!![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Yay! [​IMG]

    You did good! I am glad she is doing well.
    Basil is a lovely girl.
     

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