Step by step instructions on how to help your egg bound hen. Egg binding can make your hen very sick and even kill her if she does not pass the egg. There are many causes for egg binding. Scroll down to find out the signs, symptoms, and treatments for egg bound hens. Watch the video on how to remove a bound egg.
Egg Peritonitis (Egg bound hens)
The most common reason that eggs get stuck inside hens is from jumping off high perches and a calcium deficiency. If your hen is egg bound she may walk stiff legged or she may simply sit and try to push her egg out. If her egg is stuck she is egg bound. There are several things you can do to relieve her pain and prevent the very real possibility of her dying. You can give her a bath in warm soapy water. (The original Dawn dish soap works good for this). Wait a few hours or so and if she does not pass the egg by the next morning you can use virgin olive oil or mineral oil placed in a syringe with no needle on the end, insert it gently into her vent to help her discharge the egg. If after a few hours she still has not discharged the egg, you may have to use vinyl gloves (not latex with the powder coating) and olive oil or mineral oil and insert your finger to locate and remove the egg. Be sure to give her a warm place, separate from the other chickens until she releases the egg and has fully recovered. (We do not recommend busting the egg inside the hen, except as a very last resort).
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Egg bound hen symptoms
If you suspect your hen is egg bound, she probably is. From time to time some hens will become egg bound and if left untreated often result in illness and death.
Egg Bound: Causes
There are several ways a hen can become egg bound.
Common Problems with Backyard Chickens
"Sick birds may exhibit a range of clinical signs and sometimes they exhibit few outward signs, except perhaps lethargy and loss of appetite. Sometimes birds are just found dead. Signs of illness include: drooping wings and tail; discharge from the nostrils and eyes, and weakness or paralysis of one or both legs or wings. Droppings should not be totally white, bright green or contain blood. Birds with diarrhoea will often have faecal stains around the vent. A sick bird may lose its appetite but may continue to drink. Birds with respiratory disease may have laboured breathing, tail-bobbing while breathing or a cough or a ‘snick’. Unless it is very hot, birds should not breathe with their beaks open. Birds’ combs should not be dark blue or black"-By Roy Butler, District Veterinary Officer
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Oyster Shells Can Help Prevent Calcium Deficiencies in Hens
Providing oyster shells can help prevent your hens from getting egg bound due to calcium deficiencies. Oyster shells not only provide calcium but also helps to build strong egg shells too.