Please Help - Egg Bound?

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gallopscarrot

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Please Help - Egg Bound?
« on: October 15, 2008, 21:33 »
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One of our young (28 ish weeks) goldlines has struggled to lay in the past 3 days, seems to have got fatter, doesn't want to perch at night, and generally has slowed down. Any ideas please?

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Vember

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Please Help - Egg Bound?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008, 21:45 »
Can you feel the egg??
Is she "pushing"??

Have you tried oiling her vent?
Try getting some inside it it may help the egg pop out.

There is a post here somewhere about giving them a bath, I'll try and find it for you.
Also Calcium can help them too relaxe

Will find the links now

Sarah :)

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Vember

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Please Help - Egg Bound?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008, 21:52 »
Ok found this for now will keep looking for the calcuim

Sit her in a tub of warm soapy water
Make sure the vent is submerged for about 30 minutes, this may seem like a long time, but you have to relax the vent area and make is subtle for the egg to pass through, it really does help the hen, 85% of the time this will be all that you will need to do for her and the egg will pass out with a little push from her
You can rub some lubricant around the vent area if you think that may help too, KY jelly, petroleum jelly, Vaseline or Olive Oil all work fine.
Make sure you isolate her from the other hens, or they will peck at her vent causing more damage

Put her into an isolation cage, put plenty of news paper down first and then put heated towels down they will act like a heat pad for her, no drafts when she is wet or she will catch a chill
You can heat up towels in your microwave, works a treat
If you have a heat pad that would be even better, put plenty of towels over it or it will get messy
Leave her for a little while to see if she passes the egg, if not, repeat the warm water and soap again


Sarah :)

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Vember

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Please Help - Egg Bound?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008, 22:06 »
Right I've done some reading

Calcium will help her muscles push out the egg, if you had calcium tablets a small piece of this would do the trick - I gave my Goose 1/4 of a tablet so for a hen 1/8th :? failing that try her with some cheese, sounds silly but might just be worth a go :)

Hope thats of some help :?


Sarah

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Foxy

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Re: Please Help - Egg Bound?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2008, 22:21 »
Quote from: "gallopscarrot"
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One of our young (28 ish weeks) goldlines has struggled to lay in the past 3 days, seems to have got fatter, doesn't want to perch at night, and generally has slowed down. Any ideas please?


hi you mention that she looks "fatter" Can you feel a hard lump around her vent area that would as Vember suggests be an egg -or does she look "swollen"  and "squashy" around her abdomen, is she panting at all? that would indicate that the egg contents may have slipped into her abdomen which sometimes happens and is called egg peritonitis. If there is no bacteria it should sort itself out (yolk reabsorbs) but if infected will need antibiotics from the vet.
Keep us posted!



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