hen standing like a penguin?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blueberrychickens, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens, a 2+ yr old easter egger is standing like a penguin. She had stopped laying eggs over the summer, so I'm not thinking that she could be egg bound. When I picked her up she doesn't feel squishy in the abdomen like if she had acites , I don't feel any eggs as if she were to be egg bound. Not really sure what could be going on. When I feed treats she is always the first at the door for treats & when she just stood there, I knew something was wrong w her. Her vent is kinda crusty from poop but its not blocked or anything like that. Her crop was pretty empty too.
    Help please!
     
  2. dawg53

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    I agree that she could be eggbound. Try soaking her in a container of warm water and gently massage her underside from front to rear for about 20 minutes. Hopefully she'll lay the stuck egg. Repeat soaking as necessary.
     
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  3. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be egg bound after not laying anymore for months? I'll give her a spa day tmrw, the dh should love that!!
     
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  4. dawg53

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    Yep, penguin stance is an indicator that she may be eggbound, warm water soak should help
     
  5. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll give it a whirl, how warm should the water be??
     
  6. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found the egg she laid this am on the poop board, it was broken due to a weak shell, but at least she passed it ok. She's been back to her old self, so hopefully she's in the clear. I will continue to monitor her in the mean time.
     
  8. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because she it was a soft shell, I would recommend giving her oyster shell or calcium drench and D3.
     
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    Thanks Cowcreekgeek!
     

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