young hen egg bound

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FantasyFeathers, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. FantasyFeathers

    FantasyFeathers Chirping

    Sep 7, 2014
    My blue lace is having a hard time. I put her in a cottage coop with a broody hen it get away from the roo and she is just not making progress. Looks like hard labor. Tight or swallow bottom with a little poo. Normal looking vent if a little small. She eat a little for me and I got her to drink some drips from the water. I have given her avian calcium on a watermelon and some calcium gluconate mixed with glycerin drizzled over layer crumbles. She ate a little and seemed to feel better. She strains and pushes breathing with her mouth. What else can I do?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry about your hen. If you don't do something quick, it can kill her. Take a look at this article on egg binding. This will tell you all about it and how to treat it....

    Don't wait long, she can either die or prolapse.

    You can also at the same time, post this question in our emergency section as well...

    Good luck and I hope you can get her to pass that egg soon. Do not wait till tomorrow or she could pass on.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! TwoCrows gave you some good suggestions and links, hope your hen is OK.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your hen. [​IMG] X2 on TwoCrows' advice. I hope she recovers!
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X4 on Two Crows advice!
  6. @TwoCrows gave you some great advice [​IMG]

    So sorry about your hen but giving her watermelon was a great idea ,,I was having that problem for a while but then I started putting ACV in the water every couple of weeks and I haven't had the problem in several years ......
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hopefully the egg won't break inside her
  8. FantasyFeathers

    FantasyFeathers Chirping

    Sep 7, 2014
    They love watermelon so I was hoping it would get her to eat the calcium. Looked like she did scrap a little of the top. And I don't want her dehydrated as it is sometimes 100f or more. I put the save a chick electrolyte packet in her water too. way to feed store to look for injectable calcium if anyone else has any suggestions. I'm saving the manual removal for last resort as the stress on a low calcium bird of that kind if handling can put them over the edge.
  9. ochochicas

    ochochicas Songster

    Apr 3, 2014
    Washington State
    Do you know for sure that she is egg bound? I gave my hen a 500 mg calcium tablet ground up in scrambled eggs. My chickens love eggs more than anything. Within 3 hours she passed a broken egg and a very compacted wad of shell. She was still very sick afterwards. I hand fed her each morning and evening to make sure she was getting enough nutrition to keep her energy up. I thought we would lose her, but a week later she started to perk up and go outside on her own. It took her a long time to start laying normally again. It has been about 3 months and I'd say she's just now getting back to normal. Fingers are crossed for your girl!
  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

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