Constipated hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by K R 2709, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who appears to be constipated. She laid an egg yesterday and I couldn't feel anything so I don't think that she is egg bound. She eats and drinks but sits Dow every few steps and appears to be straining.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She may not be drinking enough water in the cold weather. I would put a probiotic in her water or give her a small amount of buttermilk 2-3 days a week. I would still check inside the vent 1-2 inches with a finger (wear a rubber glove and lubricate it well to help with passing her droppings) and check her for a stuck egg. Give her some applesauce since that might help her go. Also try adding some water to a small amount of chicken feed to make it soupy--that may get more water in her, and chickens usually like mushy feed.
     
  3. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has passed a dropping so I don't think that she is constipated. She is still acting strangely. Any idea what could be wrong??
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What do her droppings look like? Was it normal size? Did you check inside her vent for another egg? How old is she? Could she be an internal layer?
     
  5. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahahaha sorry to keep everyone waiting. A couple days afterwards she laid and egg that was almost a perfect sphere.
     

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