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Removed Stuck egg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by castvania, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. castvania

    castvania Hatching

    Nov 17, 2013
    Hi all

    Long time lurker, decided to sign up and post.

    Been reading the forums for almost a year, and gathering knowledge, which helped me the other night.

    I have 5 Hens - 3 Ex bats, 2 purchased at POL. They seem to be Lohmann Browns.

    Long story short, my ex batt coco had a broken egg stuck on wednesday, and thankfully all that reading paid off. Placed her in a bath for 30 mins which she didnt like at first but fell asleep after 10 mins and i managed to get the egg out...well i put on a rubber glove and went in the vent, she didnt like it, flapped her wings and out it fell.

    I let her out and she ran to her coop and laid another egg later that day. She has laid 2 more eggs since.

    On thursday when the broken egg was removed, she was walking ok, but not running. Today being sunday, she is running again but not at full speed.

    I always have a bowl of shell grit topped up next to their water and feed. I use a feed which has minimum 3.8% calcium, and every now and then i give them yogurt.

    Since thursday, i have been putting egg shells grinded up in the grit, and have been giving them little bits of yogurt daily. She is drinking normally, thursday and friday she didnt eat too much, but yesterday she ate more, and today she ate a little more like what she normally does. Everyday she is getting closer to normal eating wise.

    I have been checking her backside daily making sure it looks ok and it looks like the other girls backside. I donned the rubber glove and checked again yesterday just to be sure on my wifes recommendation and couldnt find anything like a broken shell shard or anything stuck. Shes walking around the grass, and when i get my pickaxe to mix the dirt in the veggie patch she comes running and eats the worms with the rest of the girls. Tonight she purred for the first time in ages when i told them goodnight when i checked they were all in bed.

    The question is, should i be doing something else? Do i need to give her anything specific? Should i take her to the vet for a checkup? My wife seems to think i am over reacting, maybe i am, but i love that girl and i want to make sure due to neglect or lack of knowledge i didnt do everything correct.


  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Good morning,
    Sounds like you did everything right. Since she is getting back to normal I would adopt a 'wait & see' attitude - a trip to the vet is not inexpensive! Hang in there, Sue
  3. castvania

    castvania Hatching

    Nov 17, 2013
    Incase anyone wanted to know, as it had been a while, or if anyone had a similar outcome.

    I started feeding my flock oats with yogurt and coco ate it up, i went to work and she seemingly returned to normal when i returned home I felt a huge sigh of relief, watching her get her appetite back, also that, her egg shells seemed stronger.

    The negative was me and my wife had booked a trip overseas quite sometime ago, and i felt uneasy. I did all my checks and said bye and looked and watched her having her dirt bath as i left and felt ok. 2 weeks after the incident, i thought i should stop being worried about something that looks to be a problem of the past.

    My wife got an email 3 days before we were due back home from our house sitter to say that one of our chooks had passed away. I was immediately upset, so my wife asked if we could get a photo of who was still out and about and yeah, coco was missing. From the information i gathered, the house sitter said she noticed the hen seemed to be in the nesting area for quite sometime the previous day, but when she checked the following morning she looked asleep but had passed away. Seems she had a egg stuck again by that description. The house sitter buried her for us.

    I am kicking myself - i can accept her passing, but to cop her passing while i was overseas, unable to say goodbye or goodnight, thats what hurts the most.
    I hope it doesnt happen again, but if it does, ill be better prepared

  4. lindz8504

    lindz8504 Songster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Blue Ridge Mtns in NC
    So sorry

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