my girl is eggbound. please tell me what to do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bj taylor, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is her first. i noticed today her backside was messy. this afternoon, she's slow & let me handle her a little. i felt the egg between her legs.
    do i lubricate her vent, do i try to get it out manually? i sure don't want to lose her.
     
  2. dawg53

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    I recommend that you soak her in warm water up to her sides and gently massage her underside front to rear while soaking for about 20 minutes. Clean her rear end while you're at it, then put a little olive oil just inside her vent. The warm water will expand her innards and relax her. Massaging will help move the egg along and the olive oil inside the vent will make it easier for her to lay the egg.
    Continue with the warm water soak as necessary. Hopefully she'll lay the egg.
     
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the advice on my egg bound girl. i think we're in for a rocky friday evening. i sure hope she comes through this ok. thanks again
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the egg near her vent ? If so you need to lube the egg inside her. What happens is the egg drys up inside her & she can't push it out. You might want to give her antibiotics. It could take her a few days to push the egg out. AS mentioned keep her vent area clean. Be real careful not to break the egg inside her. If she passes the egg keep a close eye on her she could possibly have this problem again. If this repeatedly happens again. You might have to put the chicken down.
    I had this problem & she layed the egg but it happened again & the egg broke inside her & she was running fever.The girl was in a lot of pain so I chose to put her down. Good luck with her I feel your pain.
     
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    I dont recommend antibiotics for an eggbound hen even if the shell broke inside her. If caught in time a water/vinegar flush may resolve the bacterial infection problem...like a douche.
    Use a syringe without a needle, mixing 1 tablespoon of WHITE vinegar to 1 quart of water. Use a syringeful of the mixture and insert the syringe into her vent and gently flush, dont 'power' squirt it inside her. Use about 3-4 syringefuls, the liquid may or may not flow out of her vent afterwards.
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The advice I gave was from an avian vet this is what he did for my egg bound chicken. I am not a veterinarian by no means. I asked him about bathing the chicken he didn't really comment good or bad. I asked him if I should seperate her from the others he said to put her back with the flock in her natural environment. He also told me there's a good chance that this could happen again & it did. He said sometimes they can be fixed but there's always a chance that the chicken will become egg bound again & again you never know.
    HE said its very painful for the chicken to be in that condition . I chose to put my chicken down because she was running fever & didn't want this to happen a third time again I hope your chicken does better than mine. Good Luck!!
     

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