Hen trying to lay egg, is straining (somewhat graphic) HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mustangsaguaro, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen for the past two hours it appears she has been trying to lay an egg but can't. The last 2 days I noticed where she normally lays there was an egg laid w/ no shell (on Mon) and on Sun. there was an egg w/ a very thin shell. Today she is not in her normal place where she lays and has been hiding I think trying to lay an egg but is straining to do so. I palpated her to see if she is possibly egg bound but don't feel a hard mass or anything in there. I put rubber gloves on and went in her vent area w/ my finger to see if I could feel anything. When I inserted my finger she would expel clear stuff out, along w/ some greenish yellow stuff too. Not sure if this is something I should be concerned about, or let her be (where she is current at) and just keep an eye on her. Or put her in her area where she normally lays and see what happens.
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Please do not try to feel for an egg...more than likely it will simply accomplish reversing the egg backwards.
    Do you have TUMS? Get some and crush that up and give to her. Put her in a warm bath and allow her to relax (but do not leave her in there so long she will chill) put her on a warm towel after and leave her in the darkened warm place and hopefully that will help her lay the egg...
     
  3. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I don't have tums. What will the tums do? I do have some homeopathics that might help/act like what the tums will do. I can do the warm bath thing.
     
  4. dlhunicorn

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    Please get the TUMS...this is an emergency replacement for calcium gluconate that a vet would normally give (I read this tip from a vet in a veterinary journal)
     
  5. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok, I got the tums, and crushed it up and gave her 2. I hope that wasn't to much. When should I start to see an improvement and should I expect to have to give her some more tums later today/tonight? If I do have to give her another dose should I do it in 2,4 hrs, etc? I also, gave her a warm bath. You didn't say for how long. I did it for about 5 minutes, is that not long enough? She seemed to really enjoy it, and really relaxed. I have her in a box w/ shavings in my bathroom in the bathtub.


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