Gold Brabanter's egg in membrane outside of her! Please help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by uglybeat, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. uglybeat

    uglybeat Out Of The Brooder

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    Poor Smellvis was acting weird yesterday, and I thought it was because she was trying to lay her first egg. She's a small chicken and this morning I didn't see her with the others. I found her barely moving with a bloody sac outside of her vent with an egg still in it. Poor thing---what a way to lay your first egg!
    So I brought her in and tried not to freak out, cleaned the area and gradually dislodged the egg so it came tumbling out of the membrane. I had to push the membrane back in but it was still pretty swollen around her vent and wouldn't go all the way in. I have her inside away from the other chickens.
    Should I give her antibiotics? (I'm sure I didn't get all the dirt/poop off the membrane, it was so messy). Should I disinfect with blue-kote? (never used before) Please let me know if you smart readers can think of anything else I should do. She's a sweetie and so purty. I hate to think of losing her!
     
  2. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    give her a warm bath & massage (30 mins), be sure to get her dry (towel & blowdryer on low), crush a tums and give it to her. Olive oil (3-5 ml) insert into vent also alittle around the vent.

    Make sure she has access to oystershell. I also give ACV & Electrolytes in water.

    ETA: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=275690
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009
  3. uglybeat

    uglybeat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! Where do you get oyster shell (feed store, grocery?). I'm going there now to get her a tums. I put some poly-v-sol in her water, put some honey on her vent, and I have antibiotics to give her. I've never given a chicken a bath. Any tips? Do you fill the bath first, then bathe them? I'm willing to do anything for this baby! (well, she's almost a year old, but you know what I mean!) Oh, and I'm going to get olive oil too. I just read after searching extensively that honey was good to give on the vent for antibacterial and to shrink it back in.
    She's still distended slightly and clear liquid with a bit of blood is dripping off of her behind. A few drips a minute. I think her membrane was slightly torn when I tried to get the egg out.
    Also, any tips on massage? Where exactly and how? Like I said this is her first egg (poor dear!) so should I expect another today?

    THANK YOU!!!!
     
  4. Plain Old Dee

    Plain Old Dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard it suggested that you keep her in a darkened crate to reduce the egg laying cycle until she heals. Also, preparation H may help with the swelling...
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bath should be shallow. Just deep enough that she can soak her abdomen when she's crouched all the way down. You may have to 'help' her crouch down at first, but she'll relax when she feels how nice it is. If you have a little container of some sort you can do it in, as opposed to the whole bathtub, that will be better so she doesn't go slip-sliding around.

    Good job acting quickly and not freaking out. [​IMG]
     
  6. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Just in case, if she doesn't eat the tums by itself, mix it (crushed) into a small amount of plain yogurt and feed that to her.
     
  7. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    I always use a hair dryer set on medium, not hot, to thoroughly dry the feathers on any of my birds that have been bathed. Don't hold it too close and keep it moving around them, they won't freak out. It takes a while, but it is good to get everything fluffy and dry again so they can regulate their body heat.
     
  8. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Quote:The feed store is where I get my oyster shell. It's not expensive. Just make sure it's always available to your hens. I offer it free choice, in a separate dish attached to the run wall and I keep it filled. At any time hens who need more calcium will simply go to the dish and eat more. Molters, and those who just need less, won't eat much.
     
  9. uglybeat

    uglybeat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for your wonderful advice. I will have to bathe her after work. This has just been one heck of a day. My almost 2-year old rooster was attacked by something (hawk, I think) while I was gone this afternoon and he is dead. I love my chickens so much, and this is so hard.
     
  10. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle

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