Egg broke in hen

vinegarhill73

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Mar 17, 2015
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One of my RIR was acting a little off yesterday. I knew she hadnt layed in a couple days. When I went to examine her She had poop/yolk/egg shells stuck to her butt. Some shell was in her vent. I was able to gently remove what was hanging out. I have soaked her in warm water/Epsom salt and used vasaline to lubricate her vent.I also checked inside her vent for any left shell or to feel if she is eggbound. As far as I can tell everything felt normal. But she is still acting funny. Staying away from the rest and it doesnt appear that she is drinking. However she is grazing around. Any suggestions as to what I should do? I was just going to keep an eye on her since she is still moving around.
 

Eggcessive

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I would give her some extra calcium (crushed egg shells, crushed oyster shell, a human calcium tablet, a Tums, or calcium gluconate. She might benefit from some antibiotics such as procaine penicillin injections, or oral Baytril or enrofloxacin. A vet would be able to prescribe something appropriate, but the penicillin and syringes and needles can be purchased at many feed stores. Soft shell-less eggs breaking inside can later lead to egg yolk peritonitis.
 

vinegarhill73

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Mar 17, 2015
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She seems to be doing better. Hanging around with the others. I have her some crushed calcium tablets on a tomato to get some fluid in her. Saw her poop but wasn't very solid. We will see... I didn't know I could buy penicillin otc. Will get some asap
 

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Procaine Penicillin G is found in the refrigerated drugs at most feed stores. Buy 4 or more 3 cc syringes and 4 or more 20 gauge needles. Shake the vial well. Give 1/4 ml or cc penicillin G injected 1/4 inch deep into a different side of the breast muscle every day for 4 days. Keep refrigerated.
 

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