Possible egg bound chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 2DogsCoop, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We only got 3 eggs yesterday from our 5 RIR's. When I went out to close up the coop last evening one of the girls was in the nesting box while the other 4 were on the roost. My wife just called me and said that she was still in the nesting box this morning. Could this be a sign of an egg bound chicken? She doesn't seem to be straining in any way just sitting in the box. Any suggestions on what we can do? Thanks
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    might she just be broody?
     
  3. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to raising chickens so forgive me if this sounds stupid but can they go broody without a rooster?
     
  4. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, absolutely! They'll sit on this infertile eggs for weeks! [​IMG]
    Sure signs of broodiness are her being a bit defensive or grumpy if you disturb her on the nest, and her coming out once or twice a day to eat and drink.
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I would think so but not positive. I think it is just an instinctive thing? if I am wrong someone will correct me. lol
     
  6. chickenman98

    chickenman98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a Cornish and an orpington doing the same thing. They are broody and there is only a young rooster, so the eggs are infertile.
     
  7. phy

    phy Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 5 of my chickens die from being egg-bound [​IMG] Is there blood or white pastiness around her vent? If not, I would be inclined to think she is not egg bound, since all of my 5 had that. Also, do you have enough laying boxes for your chickens? If you do, she should be fine. [​IMG]
     
  8. ilovebalkbalks

    ilovebalkbalks Just Hatched

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    To stop broodiness, I have found putting the lower half of their body in water seems to be the most effective method. I would say do it at the warmest part of the day and don't let them go until they are completely dry. If it starts getting cold or windy, take them inside and put them in a warm room. Hope this is useful to someone!
     

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