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URGENT: Egg-bound and in obvious distress

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cambium29, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Cambium29

    Cambium29 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2011
    9 month old Nankin, has been laying eggs fine until today.

    Very swollen red vent, panting heavily, eyes closed, drooping tail, bright red comb and wattles, not moving much.

    I sat her in a warm bath, also tried masagging her abdomen. Put a bit of oil in and around her vent. It's been over an hour. She has not passed the egg yet and is in distress.

    Any other suggestions?

  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    No suggestions from this newb, but I'll be watching to see what the experts have to say...

  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I've read here on BYC that heat and humidity is the key not actually bathing them. Place her in the bathroom and turn on a hot shower with doors closed. Read several accounts how that did wonders in less than 30 minutes. Then if nothing you have to get the gloves on and go get that egg. She'll be limber with all that heat and humidity.

    Good luck.
  4. Cambium29

    Cambium29 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2011

    She didn't pass the egg. She got weaker and weaker until she couldn't stand. I had her back end sitting in warm water with her chest and head propped on a towel. Her comb and wattles were nearly purple. About 15 minutes after the original post, she let out a miserable cry then closed her eyes. Gone.


  5. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. How horrible that must have been. It sounds as though you did everything you could have done, and it was one of those unavoidable tragedies we all have to face, sooner or later.

    I'm so sorry...
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Oh, so utterly sad [​IMG] Just saw this thread.... Poor poor dear hen - just heartbreaking. [​IMG]
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
  8. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Oh boy, if the vent is pulsing it's a dead giveaway. I had one distressed eggbound hen and gave her a long warm bath. Droppered her water mixed with a little plain asperin and calcium (you can drop liquids right on top of the beak you know?). Anyway, lubed her up real good around the vent and way up on the inside with olive oil. Moved the egg a little up there but stopped when it hurt her. Anyway, left her to dry in a cat crate with a heater facing it and she layed about an hour later. Aspirin reduces swelling, oil increases viscosity, calcium gives strength to push the egg out. Sorry I didn't get to you in time.
  9. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Quote:I'm really sorry. Did you check to see if there was an egg? That is odd for one to die like that, so quickly, from being eggbound.
  10. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Are you sure there was a bound egg?

    The discoloration of the wattles sticks out to me. I have EYP on the brain since I just put down a hen with it but discoloration was one of the indicators.

    Did you do a postmortem on her? It is hard for a lot of people to do but helps with future diagnosis.

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