Straining noise?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ponyfeather, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Ponyfeather

    Ponyfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken is making what I'd call a straining noise, she has not started to lay eggs yet and I wonder if something might be wrong? It just started in the last 12 hours. It doesn't sound like I wheeze either.
     
  2. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Has her behaviour been 'off ' in any other way? Is she still eating, drinking, active and socialising? And where is she when she makes the noise? In the nest?

    I'm wondering if she might be getting ready to lay?

    Krista
     
  3. Ponyfeather

    Ponyfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is about 28 weeks and is a Buff Orpington. She was doing it in her coop area in the middle of the night and then on a nest/perch type area earlier in the day it is where she hangs out during the day. But not is the nesting box. Funny thing too since as a baby she liked hanging out in her nesting box now she hangs out where she can surveyor the land so to speak.

    Other then this she has been active, social and eating and drinking well. If anything she has been more assertive more lately she tried to steal food my dog, thankfully my dog didn't do much more then cry about it. We had to tell her to leave the poor dog alone because he doesn't realize he could eat her if he really wanted to.

    I was wondering that too but I was also worried she could be possibly egg bound and if I need to be proactive in her care. So I don't loose my chicken. I'm new to them even though I have read lots about them and their care.
     
  4. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that some of the key symptoms to indicate egg binding include that the hen will be lethargic and droopy, her feathers will be fluffed up, and she will strain to pass her egg repeatedly (either in or out of the nest box.) She will also wag or bob her tail in the effort to expel the egg. Is she doing that by any chance? Sort of like she is pumping her tail end up and down?

    If egg binding is caught early the bird stands a better chance of survival. Obviously, if that is what you suspect, a trip to a vet who specialises in chickens is the best course of action. However, if that's not possible, I would isolate her in a warm pen with clean bedding, feed her a good quality commercial chicken feed and oyster shell, but do not offer her any treats.

    You could also try a warm bath for ten to twenty minutes (if she will tolerate it), then dry her off and let her rest overnight (with no disturbance from other birds or people.) If she passes an egg within 24 hours, apparently that is a good sign. You could also try re-soaking her the next day in warm water to help move things along - presuming that she is, indeed, egg-bound.

    I've not had any experience in this area personally, however the above recommendations seem to be what most of my chicken owner's manuals suggest as a reasonable course of action. I do hope she feels better soon. At 28 weeks you would expect eggs to be forthcoming very soon.

    Good luck, and please keep us updated.

    Krista
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014

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