Possible egg bound chicken

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  1. claireree

    claireree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, just been to feed my chickens and Ive found a dead one, I think she was possible egg bound as when we looked at her back end it was very red and swollen. I know recently she has only just started laying. Is there anything I can look out for next time to stop this happening again. [​IMG] Also why does this happen?????
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:This link by Pollysmum should answer most of your questions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=26414
    "Egg
    bound hens:
    A hen is said to be egg bound when she fails to lay her egg

    This is a common condition, and may result from inflammation of the oviduct, malformed or double yolker egg, or a too large egg in a young pullet

    She will sit like a penguin
    She will bawk bawk bawk
    The bird seems very restless
    She will drink little and eat little
    She will tend to stand all hunched up
    She visits the nest regularly in an attempt to lay her egg
    Hew oviduct may end up protrude due to excessive pushing by her to eject the egg; internal haemorrhage or exhaustion may occur and the fowl may die
    She may smell badly
    Her vent will look quite red and protrude
    She may have faecal matter that has built up behind the egg, if you see white liquid that will be her urates trying to pass (urine in chickens)

    Sit her in a tub of warm soapy water
    Make sure the vent is submerged for about 30 minutes, this may seem like a long time, but you have to relax the vent area and make is subtle for the egg to pass through, it really does help the hen, 85% of the time this will be all that you will need to do for her and the egg will pass out with a little push from her

    You can rub some lubricant around the vent area if you think that may help too, usually it doesn’t help the bird, but for some reason it helps the owners feel better that they are doing something , KY jelly, petroleum jelly, Vaseline or Olive Oil all work fine. But seeing as the egg is stuck further up this will probably help you feel better and do nothing for the hen

    DO NOT STICK YOUR FINGER INTO THE VENT TO FEEL FOR THE EGG... not a good idea.. you can do damage to the hen and also break the egg, especially if it is a soft shell egg.. then you will have even more trouble .

    Make sure you isolate her from the other hens, or they will peck at her vent causing more damage

    Put her into an isolation cage, put plenty of news paper down first and then put heated towels down they will act like a heat pad for her, no drafts when she is wet or she will catch a chill

    You can heat up towels in your microwave, works a treat
    If you have a heat pad that would be even better, put plenty of towels over it or it will get messy
    Leave her for a little while to see if she passes the egg, if not, repeat the warm water and soap again

    Some people just use the heating pads, this sometimes seems to relax the muscles and allow the egg to slip out

    Last resort
    If this doesn’t work, you may have to resort to removing the egg manually, not a nice task, and she will complain about what you are doing bitterly, you will need two people to do this task

    Using KY jelly, Petroleum jelly or Vaseline, insert your finger in the vent
    With your other hand you can press gently on her abdomen moving the egg down the oviduct towards the cloaca

    Once you can see the egg, if it won’t pass, then rupture the egg and gently remove all the shell

    Some have suggested you use a sharp instrument, I would not recommend this at all it could result in causing the hen internal injuries

    The shell of the egg will be very sharp when broken and could also damage the chicken internally

    Once you have broken the shell, make sure you remove every particle carefully

    The cloaca should then be washed with a weak warm water/salt solution, this is to make sure all the egg contents and shell has been removed from inside the hen, if it isn’t it could cause bacteria to start growing inside her, and then you’ve got an even bigger problem to solve

    Once the egg has ejected you will want to keep an eye on her for a while

    There may be another egg backed up in her oviduct system, especially if she lays an egg every day or every other day

    Sometimes they absorb the egg, but this is very unlikely and very unusual

    If you can’t find the egg and it has gone from the hen, more than likely she has eaten it shell and all

    If it has ruptured inside her, you should look for small pieces of shell, or evidence of any cuts around the vent area

    Just remember while your looking and sticking your finger in places she would prefer you didn’t, the egg shells can be quite sharp and may cut you and her

    If you do find any cuts around her cloaca, rinse with a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water

    Watch her for listlessness, dull eyes, and signs of fever
    Infection can come on pretty quick"
     
  3. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish there was a way to save this post for future reference. I think I will copy and paste into word.
    Thank you!!
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:You can click on "Subscribe to this topic" below and it will be saved in your profile too. [​IMG]
     
  5. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, thank you, I didn't know that!
     
  6. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Click on "Profile". Then "Show All Topics" and then scroll down to the bottom, left corner and click on "Show Your Subscribed Topics" and every topic you are subscribed to will be there. There will also be a little chick next to any threads that have new posts added.
     
  7. claireree

    claireree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for that information it is a great help, it does sound like she was egg bound wish I would have known all this before hand and maybe I could have saved her but she never laid till late in the afternoon normally and we never really noticed till late at night. At least now I know what to do if it ever happens again which I hope it wont.
     
  8. gypsyschixs

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    Im dealing with the same issue. I just added some new layers to my flock on wednesday. Yesterday I noticed one showed all the signs of being egg bound. After soaking for about 15 min in a warm bath, she layed an egg within an egg. Weirdest thing I ever saw. The outer shell was like soft leather with a smaller egg inside. Today I came home to her tail down again and more white discharge. Is she just going to continue getting egg bound or will it straighten itself out. Should I just continue with the warm baths or give her some time. Shes now on layers feed with crushed oyster shells. I dont know if maybe the stress of a new home caused this. Any advise?
     

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