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Help! Softshell stuck in her butt

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Toi-toi, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    My hen is having trouble laying egg.
    Looks like her egg broke ang white and yolk came out but softshell is sticking out from her butt.
    About an inch sticking out. She pooped but it didn't come out.
    Is it ok to pull it out???
    Or if I do, I will injured her???
    Or is there better way???
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You can gently try to remove it, but def. don't pull hard. A warm sink bath may relax her muscles back there if you have a difficult time...
  3. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    EA WA - 2 chicken yrs.
    If it were me and I was absolutely sure it was soft eggshell, I would gently and slowly try to help her work it out. I've never had to do it, but last week my hen Margarita had a two-day spell where she did the same thing without the shell issue. She seems fine now. Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    Thank you!!!!!!!
    I pulled gently and took shell off.
    Lately she is having troubles a lot...
    I hope she is OK now. [​IMG]

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