Egg Bound.? Hen won't sit.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nerd0geekboyz, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. nerd0geekboyz

    nerd0geekboyz Chirping

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    I needs some help diagnosing my hen's issue.

    Symptoms:
    1. She sat in the nesting box for at least two hours. No egg
    2. She would not sit on the perch, she remained standing
    3. She is pooping but it is diarrhea
    4. When I hold her under my arm pit area to check her cloaca area she pants.. When she is standing, she does not pant;
    5. While standing her but area is contracting often

    What I have done thus far:
    1. Washed her bottom with warm water
    2. Checked for she being egg bound. Did not feel any egg, but I did insert some olive oil into the area using a mucus sucker;
    3. While holding her and while it seemed that she was pushing (her cloaca was moving in and out), I gently pushed an area (toward her cloaca) what seemed to be an egg.
    4. She is inside now with a heat lamp in a tub full of pine shavings. I made her as comfortable as possible
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

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    If there is an egg she can't pass, you could try soaking her for a few minutes in warm soapy water, in a sink or small tub. Also, you could try leaving her in a darkened area for a day or two, to relax her.

    There are threads linked in the FAQ forum about eggbound, and I know a search would bring up lots of threads. Good luck.
     
  3. Country4ever

    Country4ever Songster

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    You might be looking in the wrong area. Is her abdomen swollen? She may have some fluid in there, and in her lungs.
    When I've had chickens with fluid in their abdomen (from something other than egg problems), they didn't want to sit down and when I would hold them, they would become very short of breath...........almost to the point of passing out.
    What I found works well for examining these types is to put them on something tall so they can just stand up while you examine them.
    And if you watch most hen's vents, they are moving in and out alot of the time. Its like the vent is its own little being! haha
     
  4. nerd0geekboyz

    nerd0geekboyz Chirping

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    Results:
    Hen's poop had something in it that was yellow. Could have been an egg but can't be sure.

    The following morning she was just fine, but she has hasn't laid an egg in 7 days.
     
  5. nerd0geekboyz

    nerd0geekboyz Chirping

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    So, after 19 days, my Delaware has finally laid an egg. With the hours of sun increasing I am looking forward to more eggs.
     

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