Hen possibly eggbound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wild Prime, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Wild Prime

    Wild Prime Songster

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    This is more of a better safe than sorry thread. Not sure if this is an emergency yet or not, so hopefully someone with more expertise can help me out!

    I entered my coop about an hour ago to lock up the girls for the night and Bari, 2 year old Aracauna hen, was in her usual spot, except that she was standing straight up, wings out, and she seemed to be straining. I looked at her vent and saw an egg poking out. Within about 10 seconds she stopped straining and the egg went back in. It looked like a normal, hard-shelled egg. She settled down like she was getting comfortable for the night. I picked her up and gently messaged the area around her vent and could not feel the egg. I put her in the nesting box and she hopped down and ran back to her trash can and flew back on top of it. I put on latex gloves and lubed up the index finger with petroleum jelly and inserted my finger into her vent and could not feel the egg inside (my index finger is a bit longer than 2 inches). She has pooped twice, and both times have been runny with white, brown, and green. I did find a soft shell egg this afternoon but could not tell what color it was so not sure if she passed it or someone else did.

    The area around her vent is clean, comb is bright red and she is still alert and active but seems a tiny bit mellow compared to her usual energetic self. However, it is night time. She has a full crop and her behavior has been normal all day except for this one instance. She does have access to oyster shell.

    Any advice as to if I should be worried and if she needs more treatment would be greatly appreciated!

    Detailed checklist below
    1)What type of bird,age and weight- 2 year old Aracauna hen, normal weight
    2) What is the behavior- straining, egg visible from vent
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms- It was only for about 10 seconds, she is now resting normally on her usual perch.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms-No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma- No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation- Unsure
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all- Layer pellets and scratch grain
    8) How does the poop look- Runny, white and brown and dark green
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Inserted finger two inches into vent, did not feel any egg; also massaged the area
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment- treat myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it- it happened so quickly I was unable to get a picture of it.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use-coop with dirt floor, straw bedding. She is perched on top of a trash can as usual.
     
  2. jonalisa

    jonalisa Codswallop!

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    Hey how is your hen today?
     
  3. Wild Prime

    Wild Prime Songster

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    So far today Bari seems to be acting normally. She's been out with the other girls and earlier when I checked on her she was sitting in the nesting box. No eggs from her yet so I will be going out later to check on her again
     

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