Egg Bound / Prolapse

Natben

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My hen was acting classically eggbound (puffed up, tail down). She is only about 24 weeks and laid her first egg a couple days ago. I soaked her in epsom salts and warm water, and the egg popped out, but covered by membrane. I could not find an opening in the membrane at all. The egg is hard and fully formed. I gently pushed it back in. When I tried to soak her again, it came out again, so I did the same thing. She is resting now in a dog crate inside. Has eaten a few bites of yogurt with Tums and olive oil. Should there be an opening I am looking for? When I feel it inside her, it is behind the left wall of her vent.
 

Aapomp831

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There is not another opening; sounds like the egg is too large to pass. I would give her a crushed up calcium tablet immediately and keep soaking her until the egg comes out. I’m going to summon someone with more experience with this.
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Natben

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There is not another opening; sounds like the egg is too large to pass. I would give her a crushed up calcium tablet immediately and keep soaking her until the egg comes out. I’m going to summon someone with more experience with this.
@Eggcessive
Not sure how the egg is going to come out if it is in a membrane outside her body. The egg is small - normal smallness for a new layer. When I soak her, the egg comes out but is covered by that membrane. Looks a lot like this (I didn't get my own picture yet):

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Eggcessive

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This is a prolapsed cloaca with egg binding, and hard to manage. Try to look for a small slit or opening that you could manipulate the egg through. A vet who knows chickens would be helpful. A dose of human calcium with vitamin D3 would be helpful. Here is a video where someone gets the egg out:

 

Natben

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Jul 16, 2021
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This is a prolapsed cloaca with egg binding, and hard to manage. Try to look for a small slit or opening that you could manipulate the egg through. A vet who knows chickens would be helpful. A dose of human calcium with vitamin D3 would be helpful. Here is a video where someone gets the egg out:

I did already see that video, but couldn't find an opening. I can try again - how dangerous would it be to wait until tomorrow? I will try to get her to eat more tums and add d3 to that (dosage? - the d3 we take is very high dose - 10,000 iu)
 

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Most human calcium tablets have D3. If you use your D3, try to chip a small piece of it close to 1000mg or less. If it is a soft gel, puncture it and place a drop or so in a little egg. I would not try to wait until tomorrow. This is an emergency. The prolapse tissue needs to stay moist with honey or a little vegetable oil. Some have made a cut into the tissue to get the egg out, but that can be risky for infection or bleeding.
 

Natben

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Most human calcium tablets have D3. If you use your D3, try to chip a small piece of it close to 1000mg or less. If it is a soft gel, puncture it and place a drop or so in a little egg. I would not try to wait until tomorrow. This is an emergency. The prolapse tissue needs to stay moist with honey or a little vegetable oil. Some have made a cut into the tissue to get the egg out, but that can be risky for infection or bleeding.
So far it is staying inside her since I pushed it back in. Any chance that it can resolve itself. I am perfectly willing to work on this tonight, but if it is staying inside, I assume it will not dry out.
 

Natben

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Most human calcium tablets have D3. If you use your D3, try to chip a small piece of it close to 1000mg or less. If it is a soft gel, puncture it and place a drop or so in a little egg. I would not try to wait until tomorrow. This is an emergency. The prolapse tissue needs to stay moist with honey or a little vegetable oil. Some have made a cut into the tissue to get the egg out, but that can be risky for infection or bleeding
I just watched the follow up video, and she ended up having to put the chicken down a week later, because the same thing happened again.... :(
 

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