Egg Bound w/ a Shell-Less Egg?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OpheliaChick, May 11, 2011.

  1. OpheliaChick

    OpheliaChick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2009
    My Buff Orpington hen is acting very funny. She has all of her tail feathers down (droopy tail) and she sits a lot. I had her confined for a few hours last night and found it odd that she wasn't pooping. So I fed her some molasses with water. This morning I thought I would find the dog cage filled with poop but.... nothing. I changed her water this morning and put some electrolytes in there. I also gave her some plain yogurt with crushed calcium. She is eating and drinking fine. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    I have a hen with similar symptoms but she is pooping. Is yours still not passing anything? How old is your hen and does she have other symptoms? Lameness? Eyes watering or mattery? Discharge?
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I recommend you soak your hen in a container of warm water for 15-20 minutes and gently massage her underside. Wear a disposable plastic glove and put some olive oil on your finger. Insert your lubed finger into her vent checking for any obstructions. Remove your finger and lube her vent area. The warm water expands her innards and massaging helps move the egg along to the stretched and lubed vent to be laid.

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