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Egg bound hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sd38-2, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. sd38-2

    sd38-2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small flock of 4 ISA browns that have been laying for a couple months now. We normally get 4 eggs everyday and once in a while one wont lay and we only get 3 egg. Yesterday (sunday), we only got 3 eggs and the same today only 3 eggs. My wife always gets the eggs in the morning since i go to work before the hens lay. She also comes home for lunch and check on the hens.

    This afternoon i got home from work and one hen was walking slow, bow legged, and acting lethargic. Ive done alot of reading and realized that she could be egg bound. I brought her in for a warm epsom salt bath. While giving her a bath i could feel the egg inside her and she acted like she was in pain.after a 25 min soak i set up a dog kennel for her to be in tonight. I came inside to crush a calcium tablet and make a slurry for her, when i came back out to garage she had passed her egg and was acting like her normal self. I put a little of the calcium in her mouth with a syringe just in case. I felt very relived but im still gonna keep an eye on her for a few days.

    He diet is layena crumbles, access to oyster shell everyday, some supervised free ranging, and the get veggie and fruit scraps too.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Good that she laid it. Hopefully it doesn't occur again.
     

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