What The Heck is This??!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MesMama, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww Mesmama so sorry. Your first task of course is to catch her...here: get a wire hanger...I know it may seem cruel, but in order to treat, sedate etc you GOT to get her:



    I don't know more, I think you are getting great advice, i love the idea of the epsom salt bath and quiet dark place, warmth where you can observe...sedation if you can!

    Watching and keeping fingers crossed! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Many hens enjoy a warm bath. Using a finger (with a disposable glove) you can insert it 1-2 inches inside to feel for a stuck egg or leftover membrane or shell. This is a common occurrence in some hens. I probably would just give her some extra calcium in finely crushed egg shells which most hens take well, to harden her shells. In hens who have a reproductive disorder such as a defective shell gland or internal laying, this might lead to egg yolk peritonitis in the future. Baytril or enrofloxacin may be a better alternative antibiotic, but shouldn't be used in birds used for meat. Egg binding or broken eggs can be common with overly large eggs. Here is some info:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959119/baytril-enrofloxacin-sources
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
     
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  3. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay that guy in the video...FUNNY! I needed a chuckle this morning ;)

    Seems easy enough, as long as don't break her leg ;o Of course at this point...
     
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  4. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! So I've had some weird egg stuff before and it leaves me wondering if it's the same hen? I feed them their egg shells crushed up and their food contains oyster shell, plus I have a bowl of oyster shell so I'm not sure, maybe she's not eating it? I read about giving them scrambled eggs with the egg shells crushed up? I might try that.
     
  5. Bantambird

    Bantambird Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had a hen have an egg right behind a lash egg before. Sometimes when the egg breaks and it doesn't have a shell, they can't push it out. That was probably the lash egg. Maybe the heat pad in a kennel is all she will let you do. Keep it dark. Provide mash, yogurt, boiled egg yolk. Quiet is good. She will need to relax to lay an egg. Magnesium in Epsom salts can help muscles relax whereas the calcium in the food can help muscles contract.
     
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  6. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    @Bantambird could @MesMama give her a little Epsom Salt mixed with warm water to take internally, like with a soaked Q-tip to her beak...just a little...just a thought...do you think it would help?
     
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  7. Bantambird

    Bantambird Overrun With Chickens

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    Magnesium sulfate is absorbed super fast, but taken internally it can also cause diarrhea. You could make a warm compress with Epsom salt and apply it to her abdomen and vent. You can just set her on the compress inside the kennel. If she is as wild as it sounds like, she could hurt herself or break the egg in her oviduct struggling if force-fed anything.
     
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  8. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I did the hanger trick in the video and THAT is brilliant! Worked like a charm :) So she's in the wire kennel, I took out the bottom tray and put her, kennel and all right into a warm bath. When I went down to get her she seemed Perrier than she was this morning so we'll see. I coal so called my vet just to ask him for some meds or direction, hope he doesn't think I'm a whack job lol!
    So the only Epsom salts I have is a jar of them my daughter made for me, she added some lavender essential oil, is that okay?
    Luckily she's calm in the kennel enjoying the warm water :)
     
  9. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. 11ChickenGirl11

    11ChickenGirl11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your hen ok? Did something happen?
     

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