Egg broke inside her: Treated seems better but is she?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tommysgirl, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. tommysgirl

    tommysgirl Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    At bedtime, my 2.5 y/o California Grey hen who lays Jumbo eggs about 3 days a week was puffed, isolated and had yolk coming from her vent: I brought her in, gave her a bath and flushed the vent repeatedly with cool water. She passed what looked like some tiny shell fragments while in the bath. I also was massaging her abdomen a bit... sort of working it gently from front to back. I did not feel an egg.

    After her bath I held her in towels for a bit and then I blew her dry and put her in a dog crate in a dark bathroom. She was very subdued. The next morning I gave her 1/2 a crushed Tums mixed with about a Tablespoon of yogurt, fresh water and laying pellets.

    That afternoon (yesterday)I cam home to find her much more lively. She had laid a rubber egg. Also she had eaten some pellets but none of the yogurt so I put it on my finger and swiped a bit on her beak and she got very interested and ate quite a bit of it. She is pooing and much more alert though she still is content in the dog crate.

    This morning she got more yogurt and was all over it.

    I am inclined to keep her in so I can inspect what comes out of her more easily but how do I know when she is ready to go back out. Is the fact that she laid the rubber egg an indication that her egg laying system is OK now?

    Thanks I don't want to put her back out too soon

    FYI...don't know if this matters but The flock is fed an organic layer mixed with a 20% turkey crumble and they have free choice Oyster shell. This girl lays a more brittle egg and they are often ridged. They have always been like that.


  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Crowing

    Jun 23, 2015
    I'm glad she seems to be doing okay. Most people suggest antibiotics to prevent infection, but my hens lay broken eggs and have not needed it yet.

    Best of luck!

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