1. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an Delaware hen who today I noticed that she was acting tired and hardly moving, when I picked her up, I noticed that her back end was swollen and kinda squishy. Please help, Sincerely the Birdwisperr
     
  2. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Need more detailed info to be much help. But you should do a search on here, try starting with egg bound.... If she's droopy try some electrolytes, there helpful in most cases. Good luck.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    When you say her back end is swollen do you mean just around the vent or is it her entire lower abdomen? How old is this hen and has she been laying regularly?
     
  4. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her whole back end is swollen. She has been laying regularly (she is one of our best layers) and is 1 and a half years old.
    I also started to give the cure for egg binding. She seems to be a little more active than she was before but is still acting tired. My mom kinda felt an egg but she's not sure.
     
  5. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also when I massaged her, wet white diarrhea like poop came out.
     
  6. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Well keep up what your doing if she is looking better, I've never felt it before but an intact egg should be pretty obvious depending on where it is. Did you try a bath? And are you using calcium?
     
  7. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She seems a little better and I felt the egg. I bathed her about an hour ago. As for calcium they get free-choice oyster shells.
     
  8. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    You could give her tums for a higher dose of calcium to help her muscles move the egg.
     
  9. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I will try that and I pray that it works.
     
  10. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    If her entire lower abdomen is swollen that sounds more like ascites, fluid build-up in the body cavities, then egg binding. But I would definitely keep doing what your doing and see if she lays that egg. Give her a crushed up Tum's as suggested, usually helps move things along.
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