Eggbound on Bactrim?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LittleFlinga, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. LittleFlinga

    LittleFlinga In the Brooder

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    One of my silkies, stayed unnormally long time in the nest, trying to lay her egg, but nothing happened. She has now stopt trying and seems to have pain, being for herself and not coming for food. I baded her in warm water, massaged down her vent with oil and also felt little inside (nothing). I called the vet and asked for advice and since I already had Bactrim at home he told me I could try this on her.
    She has had it 3 times now, second day yesterday and I don’t see it helped so far. She ate only little last night but no appetite. She walks slowly and easy to pick up which is not usual.
    Is Bactrim the right medication for eggissues or should I try something else?
    How long does it take to tell if it’s getting better before having something else?
    I also have Flagyl and Metacam at home.
    She is a strong hen and her sister hen (they are always together) is so worried about her. We don’t want to lose her if there is any hope. The vets around have no experiense of poultry (Sweden)
     
  2. dawg53

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    Bactrim aka Septra or SMZ/TMP is an antibiotic. Your hen must be egg impacted and there's not much that can be done except comfort care. Hens that are eggbound usually respond to warm water soaks along with underside massaging and eventually lay the stuck egg. Unfortunately it's not so with egg impacted hens.
    Metacam (Mobic) would be better for pain and inflammation in your hen.
     
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  3. LittleFlinga

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    She has stopped trying to lay any egg. I have Metacam at home and i will give her this.
    She is not walking ”like a pinguin” just being apathic.
    What more would a vet be able to do? I did bathe and massage her already.
    She is not pushing.
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    Can you insert a finger inside her vent an inch or two, and check to see if you can feel an egg or just soft tissue. Her symptoms could be egg binding, but she also could have a reproductive disorder such as salpingitis, egg yolk peritonitis, or internal laying that is putting pressure on her organs. That could make her feel very weak and ill. Those are very common in some chickens. Here is some reading:
    http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/egg-peritonitis
     
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  5. Katonk

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    Watching, such a common problem it's a blessing to me to read up on someone else's experiences so I know what to do if and when this happens in my flock. Keep us posted and I'm praying for her quick recovery.
     
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  6. LittleFlinga

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    She has now been on Bactrim for a week and not much difference. No eating at all which I believe a bad sign. Luckily drinking anyway.
    The wet x-rayed het and saw a mass of liquid in her abdomen which she confirmed was from Inflammation in the ovarys.
    She also got Metacam for 3 days. Since start of Bactrim her (watery) shit has become bright green same color as green grass.
    Now waiting for the vet to call back considering change of medication, probably Flagyl.
    I read about other cases and they got better within days and didn’t stop eating. So I’m worried...
     
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  7. dawg53

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    It almost sounds like waterbelly (ascites.) There is no treatment nor cure if in fact it's waterbelly.
     
  8. LittleFlinga

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    I have never heard of waterbelly. Do you happen to have more information?
     
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  10. LittleFlinga

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    I’m not sure it’s waterbelly. She had no visable swollen belly.
    Its only what the vet saw on the x-ray
     

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