hen stopped laying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dianek, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. dianek

    dianek Hatching

    Feb 6, 2011
    My 2 yr old RR who has been a prolific layer has quit laying in about a week and now seems to be slowing down and is having trouble flying up to roost. I am new to chickens and don't know what to do. I need help. She is my favorite and I don't want to lose her. How do I know what to look for? I have heard something about being egg bound?

    Thanks, Diane

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Welcome to BYC.
    Yes, it's possible she could be eggbound. It's not uncommon for a 2 year old hen to slow down laying though. Place your hen in a container with warm water filled half way up her sides. Gently massage her underside for about 20 minutes while she's in the water. The warm water will expand her innards, massaging her helps move the egg along. Next put a disposable plastic glove on and put some olive oil on your finger and insert it into her vent feeling for any obstructions or debris. Remove your finger and put some olive oil around her vent area. By inserting your finger into her vent it helps stretch and lube the interior to help the egg pass through the lubed vent. Good luck.
  3. chicken farmer 1997

    chicken farmer 1997 Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    lewis county ky
    Quote:[​IMG] she may be egg bound. but i realy dont know i dont every keep a chicken for more than 2 yrs.

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