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Help! Egg burst in hen, now I think she is pushing out intestines?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CandyJ, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. CandyJ

    CandyJ Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2013
    My hen had an egg that burst inside her today. She is really swollen and the other hens picked off all feathers around her vent. She is pushing with all her might and moaning/squealing. I put her in a warm bath and massaged her. I was able to pull out part of an egg shell. She is bleeding some. But I think she has pushed out some of her sack or intestines. Each time I try to push it back in, she pushes. Need HELP!
  2. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    Central Florida
    Disclaimer: I have never had this problem, so far.

    But using logic, it seems that if she is pushing, it is probably that she still feels something to push. Maybe you could boil water, sanitize a squeeze bottle, and try to wash her insides with a gentle but heavy stream of the sterile water. First try to probe and feel for more shell, and make sure to lubricate heavily to help keep from any more internal scratching from remaining shell. If you can feel it, maybe you can work your finger around any edges that are hanging up.

    Good luck...
  3. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    Central Florida
    Another thing would be to use something to entrap any shell. Nice wet thick bread or oatmeal worked around shell edges, perhaps?
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    She probably had a prolapsed vent while she was egg bound, and the others pecked at her vent. I would treat it like a prolapse--lubricate the vent, pushe it back in and hold it there for 10 minutes or more with a gloved finger. Apply honey or Preparation H ointment to help reduce swelling. Keep the vent clean and make sure she is passing droppings, and not obstructed. Keep her isolated and in the dark for 16 hours per day to stop her from laying until the vent heals.

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