Do egg bound hens usually die??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by frogs n chickens, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. frogs n chickens

    frogs n chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    valley springs, calif.
    I think I had a hen get eggbound on me yesterday. She had only just started laying and had never really got around to laying a regular hard egg; just soft shelled or no shelled membranes. I feed back their shells and added free choice oyster shell. What else could I have done differently.
    I did see her pass what appeared to be yolk and white a couple of times and attempted to massage out what ever she may have had inside, but this A.M. she was gone.
    Do eggbound hens usually die or do they usually clear up?
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I've had one eggbound hen, and she died. Treatment sometimes works, but depending on the hen, eggbound history they may or may not die. My one was an ex-batt, eventually she died in my arms. At the moment the chances are about 50:50. Oyster shell helps with the shell production. Not all hens die, but not all survive. This can also depend on the treatment administered.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Some will and some will not die. [​IMG]

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