Hi, I'm jenufa and I'm very new to Backyard Chickens but I'm feeling so miserable about my darling chooks that I feel I must tell someone who cares. All 9 of our small flock were, except for one, exbattery hens and though a sad little bunch when they first came they quickly adjusted to a semi-free range life in our large garden I say semi-free range because,due to the threat of a resident fox, I have to be in the vicinity to keep an eye on things. Luckily,I'm a very keen gardener and I find their company immensely relaxing-so much so that I call my gardening/chook sessions my 'Chook Therapy'.. Our first encounter with the condition 'eggbound' was in March when Starboard began to emit a milky liquid and began to withdraw from the others. We had no idea what was wrong so took her to our vet, who seemed as clueless as we were but gave our sad little girl a calcium injection followed by another a couple of days later. Meanwhile, we were searching the net trying to find clues about treatment and prevention of the condition. Then about 6 weeks ago Crook (she had a crooked beak) died almost before we had time to realise anything was wrong and we only knew she had been eggbound because of the milky discharge. Then just over a week ago Larboard began to exhibit the same symptoms. This time we were better prepared and as well as calcium injections our little chook had a warm bath and massage for 30minutes four times a day, Well,all we seemed to have achieved was to prolong her life by 2-3 days as she died during Sunday night. They would've been 3-4 years old. We'd had them just over 2 years. We have since learned that this eggbound evil is considered to be fairly commonplace in exbattery hens due to the factory production of eggs during the first year or so of their lives. I am now watching anxiously to see if my remaining chooks begin to show any symptoms and we find ourselves faced with the following dilemma. Should we give a loving home to another batch of exbatteries knowing that their life expectancy is so short? Grow to love them and all their different little ways and it's so easy to love them as they are very affectionate and like being close by all the time. Or should we make the most of their short lives and just steel ourselves for what is to come? Larboard seems to be ok with the spa treatment! This pic was taken the day before she died. Not long after the girls came home. They'd never been used to human contact and 2yrs later are still very clingy!