Post Egg-bound care...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by adgcountrygirl, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a hen that was egg-bound on 8-31-11. I used info here and a magazine to help her pass the egg without breaking it. I first noticed something was wrong because her bum feathers were not fluffy. After she passed the egg, I kept her in isolation so that the boys would leave her in peace. I wanted to make sure she would not prolapse or be picked on. She remained in isolation for 6-8 days. I gave her a once over and her vent looked normal. She has laid 4 eggs from 9-17-11 to 9-21-11 without further trouble, and they are bigger than her first. (She was still on chick feed with the first egg and I think that is what caused it, but she is also younger and smaller than my 5 month old hens.) Anyhow, my question is that I have noticed that her bum feathers are still not fluffy. They look like they have mudd on them or that they are sticking together because she sat in dirty water or something. I've seen her preen, but nothing seems to help. Is this normal for a hen that struggled with her first egg?

    She is not lethargic or showing any other symptoms that I can see, but I've heard that they are great at making it look like they are fine until it is too late or nearly too late.
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can wash her bottom and blow her dry.
     
  3. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will see if I can try that. She is a little calmer around me the last few days, but she is one of the hens I adopted. She is not nearly as trusting as the girls I raised from 2-3 days old... She does seem to calm down when I'm only holding her though.
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even mine that don't really like me to hold them all love baths once I get them in the water.
     
  5. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, when I sat her in the warm water to help her pass the egg, she relaxed then. Also, a day or two before she passed her 2nd egg, I figured she might try to lay again and I brought her in the house. I put her in a box with a thin cup towel over it. She had a bowl of water and some treats. I could hear her pecking at the treats and she never tried to get out. I will try the bath and blow dryer when I get home from work today. [​IMG] Thank you!
     

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