In the Brooder
9 Years
May 17, 2010
How can you tell if your hen is egg bound? What are the signs and symptoms. One of my buff orpington's tail is down. She seems to be eating and drinking. If she is egg bound is there anything that I can do to help her? Thank you for any help you can give me!


9 Years
Apr 3, 2010
The Canyons of Nevada
when my chicken was eggbound, she didnt move around, tail down, didnt make noise, didnt eat, drink or poo. if your chicken is still walking around with the others, i dont think shes eggbound, but the egg broke inside of mine, so i dont know if there is a difference. put her in a cage by herself to see if she is laying. hopefully "MotherJean" will chime in, she is really good at this kind of stuff. she helped me with my eggbound chicken


10 Years
Dec 14, 2009
If your bird is sitting on the nest box for longer periods, but not laying, or if she is walking/standing with her tail down, she might be eggbound. If you can catch her, sometimes you can gently feel the egg inside. It's usually suggested that you give a warm bath, to help relax the muscles to allow the egg to pass, and you may want to put a few drops of slightly warmed olive oil in her vent to "grease" the egg for easier passage. Make sure she has enough calcium in her diet so that it isn't an issue with soft eggshells, or absent shell.
One of our birds, Twiggy the Welsummer, had a problem with being eggbound a couple of weeks ago. Eventually she passed a normal egg, encased in what appeared to be a soft, membrane only egg. We did do the olive oil to help her out, and had success. Good luck with your bird.

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