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pecked hen with stuck egg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beeblossom, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Beeblossom

    Beeblossom Hatching

    Jan 9, 2010
    One of my hens has recently been pecked rather badly. Today there was an egg stuck half way out the vent. I think this is because that is where she is severely pecked and the egg wasn't able to pass through the raw tissue. First off, I wish I knew how best to deal with the pecking issue. Some pecking sure, but not to this extent where she is red and raw. Second, I ended up breaking the egg to release it and have separated her for now from the flock. After reading a few posts here, I think I should flush the vent and use some olive oil to lubricate the tissue. She needs some healing time even though I'm worried about re-introducing her, she needs a break.

  2. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    New Zealand
    Definitely give her some time away from the flock, but mabe put her close so that she can see the rest of the flock so she doesnt get lonely.
    Check for infection where she has been pecked, and mabe feed her some yogurt - its got beneficial bacteria [​IMG] mabe it could help.
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Keep her inside in a warm, dark spot to try and stop the laying cycle. Do a search on "egg-bound", and "egg-yolk peritonitis", especially if any of the egg was left inside her (even a small amount). Once she has healed up completely you will have to re-introduce her, which can be tricky. I'll try and find you a thread with good info on pecking problems. The main causes are overcrowding, boredom, not enough protein or other nutritional deficiencies, and certain high-strung breeds. I would start working on the pecking problem right away so you can get a handle on that. Get some blue-kote to have on hand for any problems that start up.

    Oh and [​IMG]
    I can't find the thread, may have been cleaned out--dang! could you please give us more info on their diet, coop and run size, breed, ages, behavior, etc...?

    Here's more info on egg binding, etc..
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  4. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Songster

    Sep 3, 2009
    Montague, MI
    chookchick has the right idea. Try to slow or stop the egg laying until she is healed. Triple antibiotic ointment too. After she is healed and ready to be reintroduced, you can use a dog crate in the coop to allow the others to see and smell and hear her. Some folks on here recommend a whole month before letting the others have a crack at her. Also, once this girl is removed watch for any others that show signs of being pecked. If you have a bully in the flock she will look for another hen to abuse. You may have to remove the bully in a separated space until your healed hen gets a spot back in the pecking order.

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