Is there any prevention for egg binding?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beverrlly, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Beverrlly

    Beverrlly Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost a chicken over the holidays and when hubby examined it, it appears that she got egg bound. There was an old egg stuck in her vent. Someone else was keeping an eye on the farm and we set up all the animals as best we could before going to visit family for a few days. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening to any more of my hens? None of them are laying yet (to my knowledge) so I'm thinking this was the dead hen's first egg attempt. Thank you.
     
  2. rockabilly7

    rockabilly7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I own reptiles and they can also egg bind and it usually happens when something in their environment isnt right or is off. I would just double check everything your doing and maybe add some vitamins or something to their diet. Just hope for the best!!!!
     
  3. deenamr

    deenamr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that providing a calcium supplement is very important. My hens have free choice for oyster shell plus I mix a little in their layer crumbles. I had a problem with an eggbound lovebird last year. 3 emergency trips to the vet in 3 months - good thing I work there or she would have been a very expensive bird. She refused to eat the calcium blocks I had in her cage - so I crushed tums and mixed the powder in her food and haven't had a problem since.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's not unusual for a first time layer to have laying issues and just die at point of lay. Point of lay is another risky point in life and often you can't do anything about it.

    One minor thing to keep an eye on is new or old layers coming in to lay after a long winter. If they get a bit too many goodies and they put on weight, fatty tissue can build up around the reporductive tracts and make egg laying harder and prolapse a greater risk. Trim chickens are healthy chickens in that respect.
     
  5. Beverrlly

    Beverrlly Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I'll keep an eye on the rest of them.
     
  6. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read that calcium is very important in preventing egg binding. I will start putting a bit of olive oil in their water and see if that helps?
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    How would olive oil in their water help? Just curious.....
     
  8. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to try, [​IMG]
     
  9. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

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    ~~If the hen is ailing because of a blockage, the olive oil will help. The olive oil helps to get things moving. This works for impacted crops, ingestion of toxic plants, and bound eggs (it doesn’t actually reach the eggs in the reproductive tract, but it helps move the manure, which alleviates blockage).Info from
    http://hencam.com/faq/diagnosing-a-sick-chicken/

    A dose of olive oil cant hurt
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Oil in water? it will just float. Even if they did eat/drink it, it gets digested, so no point.

    -Kathy
     

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