re: please help immediately

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tmberghst, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. tmberghst

    tmberghst In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    one of our chickens has an egg sticking out of her vent that is wrapped in a thick membrane.. she is straining very hard... please reply with any information.. we have a vet appointment tomorrow... but this is happening now...
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Try putting a bunch of lube (KY, vaseline, etc) all over the vent and egg to see if she can pass it. You can also squeeze LIGHTLY above the egg to try and help it out. If worse comes to worse (life and death) you can slit the membrane that's holding the egg in.
  3. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    where is she? use a safe lubricant ansd see if it will help. if it wont come out after a while i would carefully break the egg and get out ALL of the pieces. That may not be the best thing, but its an idea. Hopefully someone her will come along and help you
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
  5. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    Don't break the egg!!!!!!! She will die!!
  6. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    Get mineral oil or the lube--ky jelly. Then boil a pot of water and get it steaming or fill your shower with steam and place her inside the curtain. You can also place very very warm compresses over her vent area if she will allow you. A moist heating pad would be perfect. Cover it with a damp cloth and set her on it. It will need to be warm, about 90 degrees to 95. Oh and push it back inside gently.

    After visiting the vet, you should start giving her some oyster shell and probiotics.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the egg needs to come out..
    breaking the egg isn't the best option and is a last resort..but if done properly, can save her life.
    you don't just break the egg..the safest way is to syringe the contents of the egg out, then removing all shell..
    squirt the area with saline solution and diluted betadine.

    might be best done by a vet if possible asap..

    hope she is able to lay the egg soon...KY jelly..

    hopefully someone with more experience in this can offer better advice.

    she is most likely prolapsed.
  8. tmberghst

    tmberghst In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    The egg is sticking out about halfway,There is a thick membrane around it.She is straining very hard ,have lubed her up and gentley tried to help it out ,but could not help her .Do I need to lance this membrane.Right now me and the wife are having to keep the egg held just inside her vent to keep her from straining so hard.She needs help now!!!Have vet app. tomorrow,but not until 1:30,will she make it.with the egg sticking out of her that long.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Do you have a picture? The membrane covering the egg, can you find a hole or opening on any side of it? Maybe the exit hole of this membrane tube, which you are likly seeing just one side of the tube, has an opening end slightly on the inside of the vent? The egg needs to come out through an opening of the membrane, and likly, once the egg is out, the membrane should go back in.

    Good luck!
  10. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Chances are the thick membrane is her ovaduct and she will prolapse. The only thing I can suggest is to gently push the egg back in after relaxing the hen in the shower. Then maybe it will find the right channel to come out. Or call the vet's after hours number or find an all night vet clinic.

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