Egg Bound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheHenHen, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. TheHenHen

    TheHenHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I Have a ISA Brown that died recently, and my mom thought she died of being "Egg Bound". Me and my mom looked at the ISA Browns vent, and it was big like a ball, but squishy, so maybe she was Egg Bound but the eggshell was soft? Do you think she could have been Egg Bound? She was covered in lice, so ether she was Egg Bound, or her blood was getting sucked out by lice.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. foxy2320

    foxy2320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whether or not the lice killed her, it's definitely something that needs to be addressed within the rest of the flock. Try some diatomaceous earth sprinkled around and that will help get rid of them.
     
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  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Lice don't suck blood, mites do. Though they will drink blood from punctures or broken blood feathers.

    All poultry lice have chewing mouthparts and feed on dry skin scales, scab tissue, and feather parts. They also feed on blood when the host bird’s skin or feather quills are punctured.

    She could have been egg bound. It's hard to say. You would have noticed symptoms though. They don't die in hours.. You would have noticed her acting strange. My girl who was egg bound kept pushing and acted really sick.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    DE Does not rid them of lice. It will help prevent it (but not always) and it definitely won't get rid of a huge problem.

    Best bet is to use poultry dust that your feed store carries.
     
  5. TheHenHen

    TheHenHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aoxa, that is the exact same thing that happened to my ISA Brown, Beth. (Or Bethica). And foxy2320, my mom tried putting ashes in our chicken run, for them to have a dust bath in the ashes to get rid of the lice, and it worked. But we moved our coop to a different spot, and we never did the ash thing.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    This is very likely to be the reason. Egg binding is very hard to cure. I give any suspected egg binding girls a really warm bath and place them in a steam room (which is a huge pot of boiling water, rack over that pot, in a colander with a towel in it and a box over top. I monitor them to make sure they don't get too hot.
    Also antibiotics to prevent infection.

    I got the egg out of my girl, but she had a prolapsed vent and a uterine infection and died as well. :(
     
  7. foxy2320

    foxy2320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't realize there was a different dust. I asked for a pest control dust and they gave me DE, I'll have to do some checking on that. Thanks for letting me know!
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    No problem.

    One of the most effective broad-spectrum insecticides is permethrin. Permethrin has a significant residual activity, thus making it ideal for treating poultry housing and equipment. At reduced concentrations, permethrin can also be applied directly to the bird.

    I have also used Sevin with very good effects. It is however, not recommended for chickens anymore.
     
  9. TheHenHen

    TheHenHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aoxa, I'm sorry to hear that your girl is gone[​IMG]. But at least you got the egg out of her.
     
  10. ariny

    ariny New Egg

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    Have a beautiful Leghorn, who hasnt begun laying eggs, born 5/28/12 and is acting puffed up, and listliss.. severe injury to the rear, and all kinds of juice coming out.. is this egg bound?

    Will she live?
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