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post-eggbound hen illness

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by akatrielle, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. akatrielle

    akatrielle Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2009
    San Francisco
    We have a five year old barred rock hen with what seems to be an issue with egg binding, which we have treated, and she isn't getting better. We got her to pass a collapsed egg five days ago.
    In addition to the bad butt stuff and lethargy, her comb is flopped over but still red, she cant walk well(although she can perch, etc., which makes me think it's not Mareks), and her wattles have have a yellowish discharge coming from under her ear and neck that coats her wattle and dries hard. We are putting bag balm on this. As it dries she tries to scratch it, and seems happy for us to clean it off her.
    We also have her on electrolytes and yogurt, and are trying to keep her vent clean.

    Although she has passed the bad egg, she is still low energy, not eating or drinking well, and will just stand in one place for hours.

    Any ideas?


  2. akatrielle

    akatrielle Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2009
    San Francisco
    Upon further study, this might be egg bound peritontiis? Going to the feed store for some antibiotics

    Anybody have any experience with this? Might I be on the right track?

  3. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    It sounds like your girl may have two different things going on here.

    The first thing is the yellowish discharge from her ear / neck. Is it coming out of her ear canal, or can you see an abcess or something elsewhere on her neck that has burst? It sounds quite strange.

    The second thing is the possibility of egg yolk peritonitis (EYP) caused by internal laying. That is a strong possibility given her age and the fact that she had a stuck egg that you had to remove. Is she pooping normally since you got the egg out of her? Can you describe the poop or take photos? (of the poop and also the discharge on her neck) Also, does her butt look or feel swollen or hot? That could indicate infection from internal laying.

    The more information you can give us, the more we may be able to help you.

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