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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by SeramaSweetie, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. mrsdszoo

    mrsdszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sent you a reply there -I've not dealt with that before, but I'd offer her supportive care with some oyster shell for calcium.
     
  2. abmaddox1981

    abmaddox1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooohhh. If I can get my mom to watch the kids I'll split gas! Or we can wait til they do one in Newnan.
     
  3. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best thing I can tell you is actually to look for other threads about egg-bound chickens. Like this one:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/862555/sick-chicken-eggbound

    The second post tells you how to help get the egg out. HOWEVER, you've already done that. Or at least that is what it seems. According to that post, you should be able to feel around on the abdomen to see if she has another egg in there. I would suggest feeling the abdomen of a HEALTHY hen, and then comparing it to her. It's the best way to tell if something is off.

    But even without the eggbound issue, you're looking at two other problems here. First, the rotten egg INSIDE of her. That screams "infection" somewhere. Second, the thin or soft shells. That says volumes about lack of calcium in their diet.

    I just found out recently that "barn lime" is the same exact type of calcium that is in the shell of an egg. The bag I bought happens to be right from Tractor Supply. So go there and look for a compact little white bag of "barn lime" with green lettering and start adding it to your chicken's feed - they keep it inside. It's a powder, so shake it up with the feed to get it on each piece. Hopefully the feed itself has enough other nutrients to help her absorb the calcium.

    And put her on antibiotics. Somehow, bad bacteria got into that egg and made it rotten before she passed it, so something in her body has a lot of bad bacteria. And whatever that infection is, it could be the real reason she is listless and not even passing the egg. She may be so sick, she just hasn't got the energy to push an egg out right now. With her state, I would STRONGLY suggest injectable antibiotics. like a vial of Duramycin (oxytetracycline) or Penicillin. Both would only need a dose of about .2 mL (cc) per day, and both are available at Tractor Supply (along with syringes and needles).

    Keep her on the antibiotics until she seems to be back to normal PLUS FOUR MORE DAYS. But since it seems like the issue isn't REALLY being egg-bound, you've got a very good chance at saving her. But of course, you have to act on it soon.
     
  4. Jharper

    Jharper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only got one out of 6 panels to stay up last night. LOL! Luckily the new pen didn't blow away!
     
  5. mrsdszoo

    mrsdszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I justthere checked the calendar for Henry and Spalding counties; nothing this year :(. Can you come to the rabbit show Saturday? I'm trying not to spend what cash I have in case I find something nice!
     
  6. abmaddox1981

    abmaddox1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. Let me see if I can get a sitter. Where and what time?
     
  7. mrsdszoo

    mrsdszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The show starts early, at 8:30 and will run most of the day because there are double open and double youth classes. I'll have to get home to the laptop before I can post a link to the show catalog (program).
     
  8. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I know trapped air makes a good insulator (such as double-pane windows) but what about trapped water? Anyone know?

    Although it WOULD be exposed to the sun, I'm wondering if it could absorb the heat before it gets to the air below it. Or maybe "shaded" water...

    Here's the deal: the silkie coop has clear corrugated plastic as a "roof". Think corrugated cardboard, but with plastic. So it has "channels" inside of it that could hold water. The plastic is transparent, so it lets the sun through, although it is very distorted from the plastic channels. The rain from yesterday morning got into some of those little channels though.

    I wonder if I did that on purpose if it would help the silkies stay cool this summer. But I'm also thinking the water would just try to absorb most of the heat all around it, and pass it on to the air below, instead of shielding it. So for that I could shield the water from the sun, so the only heat it could techniclly absorb would be FROM the air below it. Think: damp cave.

    I probably need to research this more. I know water cooling can be more effective than air cooling, but I'm not sure how that comes into play with full sunlight.
     
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  9. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FYI: for those of you that actually want to turn a refrigerator into an incubator... there are some in the "free" section on Craigslist right now.

    One was just posted today in Marietta, and one posted today in Dallas. Both say they just "don't cool" as much or anymore. Not that it matters, if you're going to be using it to WARM eggs, though :)

    I just live too far away for either one.
     
  10. Flowerbh

    Flowerbh Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, they have them; I would like to order ASAP so they don't sell out. Please look at Meyer's Hatchery and let me know. Thanks.
     

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