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Possible egg bound hen... Is she out of the woods?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rw1647, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. rw1647

    rw1647 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, my 8 month old black Copper Maran (Florence) began acting lethargic this afternoon, laying under the coop, holding her tail down, walking like she was uncomfortable. She was broody about a week and a half ago for maybe 3 days, at which point I rearranged the coop and temporarily removed her preferred nesr box, which seemed to break her broodiness. As far as I know, she hasn't laid since, but I want overly concerned since she was coming off being broody and several of the sources I read said that a break in laying was normal.

    So when she began to act off today, I brought her inside and soaked her vent in warm water with Epsom salts then set her up in a box with food and water. I soaked her twice total and when I just checked on her, she had passed an egg that was basically just membrane with some clumps of powdery shell on it. She seems a little bit better, more bright eyed, but still is quiet (not normal at all for her!) and maybe a bit shocky? I'm obviously keeping her inside tonight and will reevaluate in the morning but I'm not sure whether her passing the "jelly egg" is a sign that she's on her way to recovery or if she is still in danger of being bound! This is my first time with both a broody hen and an egg bound girl... Not surprising that it would be this girl since she's a troublemaker but I'm pretty fond of her and want to make sure she'll be OK.

    One other piece of info: she had never laid a truly dark egg like is typical of her breed but rather lays regular brown eggs with lots of dark speckles... Distinctive but not what they are "supposed" to look like. She has regular access to oyster shell and is on layer feed plus kitchen scraps and whatever she grubs out of the yard. Everyone else seems healthy and is laying well.
     
  2. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To me it sounds like you've done everything! And with her passing that egg, I want to assume and hope that she is on the road to recovery. When my get like that, I give them some cucumbers, little bit of yogurt with their feed, or plain; not just when they're egg bound, just when they seem "off". Hope she is much perkier and healthy today!
     
  3. rw1647

    rw1647 Out Of The Brooder

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    Update: she's up and talking this morning and passed another membrane-only egg during the night, this one smaller and softer than the first. Could it be that she's not eating the oyster shell? I read a few places about giving her oral calcium... Should I go get some of that and give it to her in case she just didn't have enough from what she was eating? I offer the oyster shell free feed in a little container next to their food but I was just looking at it and I refilled in early in the week and the level hasn't dropped very much. With my last batch of chickens, I mixed it into the food but I felt like a lot was wasted this way.
     
  4. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I would try some plain yogurt, or even some shredded cheese, perhaps? That would be some calcium in here :/
     

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