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egg delivery -- how do I help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharone, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. sharone

    sharone Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken has been roosting for 3 days. I checked her this morning and I could see an egg "crowning." I gave her some water and ended up disturbing her so much that she got up, walked around and ate, so I knew she wasn't too bad off.

    How long can a chicken try to lay an egg before it gets serious?

    What can I do to help in such a case? My chicken "help book" suggests breaking the egg inside her, but I am too afraid of complications that could result from this to try it.

    Thanks for any and all advice. Sharon
     
  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Warm water bath ??? You could always try a little ky jelly maybe ??
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Don't break the egg inside of her. She could cut up her insides and cause infection. I'd get her in a warm bath asap. Massage the area while she's in the bath and put her in her own area where it is dark and quiet. It's probably best she not get up and walk around right now. Keep her food and water close to her so she doesn't have to do a lot of moving to eat and drink.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I wanted to add that you should gently lube up her vent area. Be very careful because you don't want that egg to break. Don't poke around or put anything in her vent. Also, if you have polyvisol (a children's vitamin, get it without Iron), give her three drops in the beak three times a day and give her a Tum (crush it up and put it in a treat... some of them will eat it by itself).
     
  5. sharone

    sharone Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the idea of a water bath. I would not have thought of that. It is night now, so I will probably wait until tomorrow.

    How long is "normal" for a chicken to lay a difficult egg?

    What are the signs of distress where I need to start thinking "this is an emergency?"

    I feel bad for the chicken, but one thing that is kind of cute is how the other chickens are hanging around and keep checking in on the bird trying to lay her egg. I only have 3 hens, so they are less aggressive with each other and pal around more.
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'd say she's in distress now and it's an emergency. Her body will keep producing if there is an egg stuck or not. You've got to try and get that egg out asap.
     

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