(Preface: I work in an animal hospital and have a bit of medical knowledge) I have an adult (about 3 years old, a rescue so age is aprox.) silkie hen who was found lethargic and panting in the coop yesterday. Exam and x-rays showed she was egg bound. We started with pain medicine (butorphanol injection) and lubing up the oviduct. When that was unsuccessful, we gave a dose of oxytocin (a drug used to induce labor). After the pain meds she ate and drank, passed a small amount of watery stool, but no egg. I took her home, did a warm water soak and gave a second dose of pain medicine. Morning came and still nothing. Upon returning her to the hospital, we decided to sedate her and try to remove the egg manually as the pain medicine wasn't really helping anymore. We sedated her with gas anesthesia but upon attempting to intubate found that we did not have a breathing tube small enough. The doctor I was working with attempted to intubate multiple times. We ended up using a mask to keep her sedated. Heart and air sacs were clear through the procedure. When we tried to remove the egg, it crumbled like paper mache. We removed about 5 mls of egg material and flushed her out with saline. The shell was powdery and I am not overly concerned with it lacerating her cloaca. She has recovered from anesthesia and is taking water. I started her on antibiotics (clindamycin) and an NSAID (meloxicam). Her impromptu nest box is on a heating pad. (I am keeping her indoors by herself, she seems to like her new digs in the bathtub). She seems much more comfortable than she was this morning, but still not her usual self. My current concern is this: It seems her crop is filled with air. I am afraid that, in the attempt to intubate, an air sac was damaged, or perhaps the tube allowed air to enter the crop. I tried to aspirate the bubble with a 25 gauge sterile needle to no effect. I also induced vomiting once. I can feel the bit of grit that was on the x-ray in the bubble. She drinks water like it's going out of style, but refuses even her favorite foods. I have added vitamins and e-lytes to her water in an attempt to supplement. I'm going to skip tonight's narcotic in an attempt to get her eating... Should I withhold food? Offer a liquid diet? What else can I do? She is my baby!