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8 Years
Mar 8, 2011
My hen quit laying but I attributed it to trauma (a hawk got a fellow chicken) and bad weather. She has not started laying again but my other one has. I just noticed her bottom swollen and red. What could it be and how can I help? she seems to be ok other than this but it looks awful.

Not sure what could be ailing her - hopefully nothing major .... Wish I could help ...

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sounds like she is egg bound.
check this link out
You can try two things - placing her in a warm, dim place where she can sit and relax. The key is to relax her muscles so she can pass the egg.

Or you can try standing her in a bowl of warm water, which she'll drop her vent/cloaca into, and this can help relax the muscles. I've heard this method can be pretty succesful, but please make sure you dry her off thoroughly before she goes back outside.

If neither of these work, you can go to a vet who may try to syringe out the contents of the egg, then remove the shell bit by bit. However, as soon as the egg breaks or is broken, her chances reduce dramaticaly as the chances of infection are high. So it is best to try to get her to pass the egg herself.

At the same time, this is a critical situation, to speed is of the essence.

Fingers crossed for her,
You say her bum is swollen and sore looking - without pics posted it is hard to know what your really seeing. Could be egg bound - but also may be a prolapse?
Red swelling out of the bottom. If it is a prolapse you need to remove her from the others and treat with honey and gently push back in. But we have to be sure it is a prolapse as either of these things Egg bound and prolapse could be what your discribing? As the other poater said were not Vets all we can do is draw from our own experience and try to help. It would be better if we could see a pic.

The OP sent me a PM with the following info ....

Maybe someone on here will have more info for him ? I replied and let him know I would post it here ...

Thanks for your reply. answer to questions you sent
1. barred rock
3. 2.5 weeks
6.don't know
7. 16% layer pellets
8. normal
9. 200mg tetracycline hydrochloride soluble powder-antibiotic 1gram in 16ounces of water per day bought at feed store
10.treat myself
11. It would look normal in picture
12.fir shavings bought at feed store they seem to like it and i keep clean

I am trying my best to do the right thing by asking lots of questions

the package Terra-Vet 10 said 200mg to 400mg they also told me to to try 400mg for a week

I am interested in all suggestions your feedback is important to me. thanks
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