Hen is eggbound/prolapse

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by limpychick, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. limpychick

    limpychick Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of days ago I found my little cochin banty hen (Precious) sitting in a corner by herself. When I picked her up I could tell something was wrong and looked at her backside. She looked like she had been trying to lay an egg and I thought she was having a hard time, so I put her in some warm water and sort of massaged her abdomen up towards her opening. But what I saw coming was not the egg I expected. It was almost golf ball sized and red and seemed to have a laceration on it.....I guessed she was going to prolapse, so, I somehow got her to stop pushing and held my hand over her opening, and she never prolapsed; however, she has an egg to pass, and I don't know what to do. On one hand, I know the egg needs to come out, I can feel it in her belly which is now distended and hard, on the other hand, I don't want her to prolapse. I have her in a dog crate with chick starter food, and water with tetracycline in it. I didn't expect her to make it through the first night, but she did, and so now, it has been about 4 days. Poop is a little runny, but she's pooping. she is also eating and drinking fine. She seems to want out, but I am concerned about that egg getting out. How can I get it out without her prolapsing. She is about 2 years and about 2 months ago, she fell and broke an egg inside her. I put her in water and helped her get it out and am confident that she passed the whole egg. I am wondering if this is related or coincidence and she is just unlucky.
    Thanks so much in advance for your help.
     
  2. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=275015 Post #6 gives a short, sweet summary of the process. Instead of vaseline, I suggest vegetable oil (olive oil), you can use a medicine dropper or even a turkey baster to gently squirt a couple of tablespoons of oil inside her vent. The oil may help her pass the egg without causing a prolapse. After the long soaking bath and massage you can continue to add extra warmth by putting a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lap, sit the hen on top of that, and just hold her for awhile. I'd put her to bed in a confined space (an old dog crate?).

    Good luck with your endeavors. Egg binding is serious and sometimes our best efforts fail, but all you can do is try.
     
  3. limpychick

    limpychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I gave her a warm water soak this morning and put some olive oil in and around her vent. I massaged her towards her vent and her belly seems softer, but no egg. what I felt was not egg shaped. So, now i dont know what is going on. Good new is that she didn't show any signs of prolapse with her pushing this time.
     

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