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Old Hen Possibly Egg Bound

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DianeB, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 year old hen is having a hard time laying. She hasn't layed for a few months and seems like she is trying to pass an egg for the last hour. I have her on heat pad set at low.

    This morning\early afternoon she was active. Is there more I should do now or wait?
     
  2. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    search the web. A warm bath in epsom salt water is in order. Just google epsom salt bath egg bound hen and tou will find all the details. Good luck!
     
  3. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you [​IMG]
    She just layed a soft shell egg about 30 minutes after her bath.
    Any experience with older hens laying soft eggs?
     
  4. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!
    No, I am sorry, I don't have experience with old hens, my oldest are not quite a year old.
    All I can think of is calcium.... are you offering oyster shell?
     
  5. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't seem interested in oyster shell.
     

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