Egg bound Chicken help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by J Hill, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. J Hill

    J Hill Chirping

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    I think I have an egg bound chicken. She is walking funny and swollen at her vent. I soaked her twice yesterday in a warm Epson salt bath, crushed calcium tablets over her food and put oil around her vent. She is eating and drinking and I did see her poop today. I need to soak her again but I think she is mad at me for doing that to her yesterday . Is there anything else I can do to help her?
     

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  2. staceyj

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  3. J Hill

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    I believe it was Saturday. We have 2 layers so not sure if it was hers or not.
     
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    Did you feel inside for an egg when you were oiling her up?
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

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    How long has she been like this?
    You gave her a soak, did you feel inside the vent about 1-2" for an egg?
    If you can get some photos of her poop that would be good too.
    What type of food/treats do you feed?
    That swelling - what does it feel like - fluid, hard, soft?

    She does look miserable. I would not worry if she's mad or not.
    If you don't feel an egg, then I would suspect she's suffering from reproductive problems - Internal Laying, Egg Yolk Peritonitis, cancer, tumors and Salpingitis are common in laying hens. If there is fluid, it can sometimes be drained to give temporary relief and help prolong life.
    I would also monitor her crop to see that's it empty in the mornings before she eats/drinks.

    Do what you can to get her hydrated, then eating. Keep us posted.
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  6. Tycine1

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    You didn't mention a blow dry after her spa treatments; It's my understanding that hens LOVE that. Perhaps that's why she's mad?
     
  7. Aunt Angus

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    Good luck with your poor little chicken. You will get great advice from those with more experience than I. My fingers are crossed for you! :fl
     
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  8. BarredRockMom

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    I have a very large oval bucket that is only used for soaks at the Chicken Spa. I usually do 2-3 soaks per spa night, mostly because 1 & 2 are best at getting chicken bums clean. 3rd time is a nice, relaxing soak that usually finds the hen bobbing like a cork & super relaxed. All the while, I splash water gently on her vent. Once the water starts to cool, or she stops enjoying herself, out she comes! I set her on towels & use other towels to soak up as much water as possible. I use my dryer on low, keeping it far enough away from the hen so as not to burn her. I dry with one hand and fluff the feathers with my other hand. I've never had anyone fuss & not want a warm blow dry & fluff.

    I hope your girl gets better.
     
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  9. J Hill

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    No, I am so afraid of breaking the egg. I will try tomorrow.
     
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  10. J Hill

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    I didn’t know that, I will have to give that a try, thanks.
     
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