Droopy butt.....eggbound???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sadieH5836, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed today that my RIR Roxy is holding her tail down and walking around like she has a load in her pants. Other than that she acts fine.
    She's eating and drinking and pecking others just like she always does.
    could she be eggbound?
    she is atleast 1 years old,
    I don't know what her poo looks like I didn't see her go
    she does not seem to be straining or act like she is pushing.

    Please anyone???
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Bump, Mine is acting the same way. My Aust. is just over 9mos. old.
    Anybody with their thoughts please?
     
  3. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pick your hen up and feel around the rear. You might feel something like an egg. Remember that it should be soft, they don't harden until they are exposed to the air. While your looking at that end, check for bugs. They are small, fast (avoiding light) and flesh colored. Check the bottom of the feathers around the vent, are there clumpy things attached that won't come off easily, these are usually bug eggs.
    The tail pointing down is a sign that something is wrong. So it is good that you noticed this. You might want to isolate your hens in order to give her a break and to find out what is wrong. Observation is usually the only way for us to determine what is going on and how to treat the problem.
    When I suspect that one of my hens is egg bound, I bathe her rear end in warm water. (hold her under the faucet in the bathtub) I will gently massage her rear. I avoid getting the whole chicken wet at this time of year. Some of my chickens seem to really like warm baths, which is fine in the heat of summer. I also massage some food type oil into her vent. I try to keep her calm and comfortable, by putting her in a laundry basket lined with a beat-up towel and keep her in a quiet place. Allways provide good food and fresh water.
    I handle my chickens a lot, so they are comfortable with me doing all these things.
     
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    FarmerDenise thank-you so much for your suggestions. One other question. Where exactly is the vent ? This is our first time experiencing this. We well try to search for more vent information.
    We've been fortunate to have healthy hens up to this point.
     
  5. mahen8622

    mahen8622 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the vent is the anus the butt hole the egg glory hole lol [​IMG]
     
  6. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you talking about the egg, Thats a new one on me.......
     
  7. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't wait to address this. Our favorite RIR hen, Little Red had a prolapsed uterus, and we caught it early, but she still died a few days later. [​IMG] It was a bummer, so whenever you are worried of a problem with your chickens, don't wait! Check them out before you do anything!!!
     
  8. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I'm talking about the egg. They come out soft and harden the second they hit the air. A hens first egg often is imperfect and sometimes won't harden or doesn't harden very well. It feels weird when you pick it up.
    Re possible prolapsed uterus. You'll see her insides coming out of the vent. The sooner you deal with it, the better. I had a hen who had that happen all the time.
     
  9. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:I really feel like one now (we need a smiley blushing with embarrassment) I was thinking there were two seperate 'holes' I forgot they come out the same one just different tubes inside. Anyway, it appears to be normal. Can't feel anything (egg)either. She has not pooped yet. We have her in a cage. Just a wait and see process.
     
  10. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Actually in a normal egg the shell is as hard as it will ever be, even before reaching the cloaca
     

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