Egg bound hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheBlessedCoop, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. TheBlessedCoop

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    Hi there. I have a two year old leghorn that I believe is egg bound. She started acting a little off day before yesterday and now today she isn't interested in any sort of food or water. Her comb is extremely droopy and she will not leave the nesting box. She has been egg bound before but has never felt this bad. I gave her some nutri drench and I am going to give her another warm soak today. It is about 60 degrees and rainy here so I will blow dry her and I think I will move her to our shed with a heat lamp. Is that a good idea? I'm wondering if anyone has experimented with those caltrate tablets for calcium? I want to give her something for calcium but I have no time to order from Amazon. I need something that I can get locally. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Yes, Caltrate calcium tabs would be good to use, and they also contain calcium. You could cut 1 into, and give half of it to her. If she will take it crushed in plain yogurt, that would also work. Some people use Tums as well.
     
  3. TheBlessedCoop

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    Okay I will try that thank you!
     
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    Just went to check on her in the nesting box and found a white, tube-like deformed substance. It was rubbery and looked liked boiled chicken inside. I know that sounds very odd, but that is the best description I can give. Please help!
     
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    That is known as a lash egg which can be a symptom of salpingitis, an infection of the oviduct. I would try to get some antibiotics from your vet if possible. You can get Baytril online, but you could get it earlier froma vet, or something else that is good. Feed stores have very limited antibiotics now; most are injectable. Injectable procaine penicillin G could help, but Baytril is much better. If you Google or do a search here at the top of this page, there is a good thread called "Baytril and enrofloxacin sources" that gives info on where to buy it and dosage. A regular vet can be nice and help you out sometimes if there is a good relationship.
     
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    Yes, that is one of the ones in this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959119/baytril-enrofloxacin-sources

    Here is a post by Casportpony from 2014:

    Not an expert, but the information I have on Baytril says *not* to use it in water as it is not well tolerated and the sick birds won't drink it.

    These are the amounts my vets have told me to inject or give orally:
    • 10mg/kg twice a day for 5 days (.1ml per 2.2 pounds)
    • 15mg/kg once a day for 5 days (.15ml per 2.2 pounds)
    • 20mg/kg once a day for 5 days (.2ml per 2.2 pounds)
     
  8. TheBlessedCoop

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    Okay thank you I will call some vets tomorrow and see if I can get any from them for less. If not I will order that and hopefully it will be here in time. Thank you. I will keep you updated! Also I found some human penicillin capsules in my medicine cabinet. Can I use those or is that a bad idea? If so how do I give it to her?
     
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  9. Eggcessive

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    Unless you get it from your regular vet, the others most likely will not give it to you. If you read the thread "baytril sources," you will see that it is banned for chickens in the US, but not in other countries or for other animals in the US. Some will order it if you promise not to use the chicken for eggs or meat. But it is one of the best drugs to use in EYP and other reproductive infections.
     
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    What about the human penicillin? I have some capsules? If so how much?
     

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