Sick Hen - Likely eggbound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HMG, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. HMG

    HMG New Egg

    Aug 4, 2010

    Two weeks ago I had a NHR hen pasted up. We cleaned her up and gave her DE in case of worms. This past Friday my husband found her unable to walk. I was away, so he brought her in the house in a dog crate for moist heat treatment. Her abdomen was hard, also. When I saw her Sunday she was still eating/drinking and somewhat perky, but not standing. I gave her a warm bath and cleaned her up further. There's been no change since she's been brought in the house. She continues to get pasted up because she only sits on her hay pile. She does eat mash and other foods, seems to be drinking fine. I mixed crushed Tums into her mash and she's eating some of those. I put on a glove today and absolutely felt a very large hard lump inside her. No kidding though, it's probably the size of a small baseball. I'm seriously concerned this hen won't be able to pass this egg (if it is absolutely an egg!) I wasn't able to feel the shell of the egg, I couldn't even put my finger in far enough to touch the shell. She isn't straining or trying to pass the egg that I can tell.

    I'm not sure what else I can do to help her, so I'm looking for suggestions. Hopefully someone can give me some advice.

    Thank you~!
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  2. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    I'm sorry that I'm the only one who is posting, because I'm afraid it sounds like you have a internal layer! [​IMG] I have had a few of these and this is what it sounds like.... If it is Internal laying, she won't last much longer... And there is nothing you can do for her.

    I'm so sorry.

    I hope somone else will chime in and tell me I'm wrong. [​IMG]
  3. HMG

    HMG New Egg

    Aug 4, 2010
    Quote:Thanks, I was kind of afraid of this. I had read elsewhere on the forum some similar posts. I'm just not absolutely sure how to tell. I'd think I'd be able to feel the shell rather easily internally, yes?

    Feh. Poor hen! Though she doesn't _seem_ to be distressed. No visible signs of straining, etc. It can't be good!
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    She may be eggbound, which is different than being an internal layer. If she is eggbound, she is in big trouble unless the egg can be released. Similarly, if she is an internal layer, she needs help - antibiotic and maybe antiinflammatory may clear it up for awhile anyway. If you are able to engage the help of an avian vet to sort this out, do so urgently.JJ

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