got through eggbound situation!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by erinm, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    Well we came home today and one of our wyandotte bantams was trying to lay. 10 min, 15 min,20,30 min. i said mike she is eggbound and will die so i searched on the forum and looked for suggestions. Thanks to the warm bath and mineral oil and a lot of massage we did it. it looked awful large for such a little chicken. Is it likelty to happen again? ErinM.
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure that length of time would qualify as being egg bound? I have some hens that spend hours in the nest before coming out and announce they layed a egg.
    While some don't take that the long, the ones that do upset the other hens that want that special nest, even though empty nests next door aren't the one they want.

    Maybe she takes a while to lay and would be one that likes to take her time. I don't think 30 minutes is a concern. Good Luck.

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  3. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    She was definately having a hard time though. starting to look exhausted etc.She would stop try again.walk around squat try again.It was pathetic, she looked so tired poor thing. Maybe I will let her go longer next time and see what happens. Any input? ErinM.
     
  4. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine was doin the same thing the first few times, Erin. I let her go til she had it but she was in pain, I could tell. It took about 4 hours, then she clucked and bagucked in pain. First time I ever heard her actually cluuuuuuuuck! But it was more of a "Omigosh, this HURTS and whats happening" type of cluck than anythin.

    I then fed her olive oil soaked bread her second morning and I think it helped her ALOT. After I did that, she acted like it wasnt quite so difficult, and doesnt cry quite as much now, altho she does pace quite a bit.

    She must have thought she needed it, cuz usually she hates anything with olive oil in it, but she gobbled it like she was lookin for it. She kept lookin for SOME kind of food, but everything she had wasnt it, so maybe there is somethin in the wild they eat that helps, nuts or somethin with natural oils. I didnt want to overdo it, so I have only done it twice this week. Also, things with natural oils would be sunflower seeds (UNsalted), flaxseed, etc. I dont want to give you wrong advice, cuz these are my first chickens, but it did seem to help her and make her more like her old self. Those first two days, she was very listless, etc, afterwards, like she was totally exhausted. [​IMG] I was so worried bout the poor lil thing. Make sure and dont use vegetable oil or anything like that, only the natural good stuff, like virgin cold pressed olive oil.

    After Mom had her heart attack, thats all we cook with anymore, so we always have it on hand. [​IMG]

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  5. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    Thansk I will get some black oil sunflower seeds. these are actually my first flock of chickens also so i am just learning. I worried she would die on me as we know that can happen if they are indeed eggbound. will get some tomorrow. Thanks Erin m.
     

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