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One of my chickens has an egg stuck inside of her..help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HappyJack, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. HappyJack

    HappyJack Hatching

    Nov 10, 2009
    Her bottom is enlarged and the feather are falling out and I felt the bottom area and can actually feel an egg that is stuck inside of her and it has been a few days - what can we do for her?

  2. sandiegochick

    sandiegochick In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2009
    sorry you're having this problem... i'm not sure what to do about it, but i thought i'd give your post a bump.

    hope someone w/ experience answers soon![​IMG]
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Keep her warm. I think you can rub a bit of oil around her vent too but I'm not sure.
    Good luck!
  4. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    Not too sure but do a search...egg bound and I think you'll find some stuff there to help...good luck![​IMG]
  5. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think they say to put her in the dark in a warm bath. The dark to stop her egg making instinct and the bath to relax her an her muscles so it can come out. I would search egg bound though, as I haven't read up on this.
  6. HappyJack

    HappyJack Hatching

    Nov 10, 2009
    Thanks I will do a search and see what I find. Her eggs are very large to begin with so I think the egg to big for her to lay it..... UGH:(
    I just put her in a warm bath for awhile so hopefully this will help.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Will you keep us posted on this. I'm very interested because I have a fear that it will happen to one of my girls some day... Thanks and good luck!!

  8. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I have had success with giving my eggbound hen a warm bath and applying olive oil or petroleum jelly in the vent and gently massaging her bottom around the egg. I did not want to break the egg. I kept the hen warm and in a pet carrier afterwards.

    I have read things on this subject on this forum before, but be very carefull as to which advice you take.
    there is another site I think it is called "Daffodils and Dandelions" that had excellent advice by someone who used to be on here all the time and was very knowledgeable about chickens.

    Good luck with your hen.
  9. Laney

    Laney Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Spring Hope, NC
    Ok, I just looked up info for you. So this is nothing I have gone through myself. Recommendations are to coat your fingers in mineral oil and reach into her vent as far as you can and coat the end of the egg and her vent and all inside her cloaca with the mineral oil (NOT mineral spirits). You can also use Vaseline petroleum jelly if you have it on hand. You can also feel inside the abdomen and try to work the egg down yourself gently.

    If all else fails, you may have to gently break the egg, and remove all the shell pieces as gently as you can. Making sure you cleans the vent and cloaca afterwards. They say to clean the vent area with hydrogen peroxide because of possible cuts and tears from the shell. I'm not sure if peroxide is the best, or if betadine is better?

    I got this info from: http://www.poultryhelp.com/eggbound.html

    found this topic that might help:

  10. coop's chicks

    coop's chicks In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2009
    Southeastern Ontario
    According to Raising Chickens for Dummies, it says to place the hen in moist heat by placing a pan of hot water under a cage with a wire bottom, covering the cage and also using a heat lamp. The heat should remain between 90 to 102. Water should be available at all times for the hen to drink if she will. Alternately it says the vet can give her a shot of calcium gluconate to help her pass the egg.....she needs to pass the egg within about 48 hours...Good luck and let us know what works!!

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