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Re: Re: What is causing the change in shape of my

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Posted by egg bound symptoms on March 14, 2004 at 05:32:43 from (

In Reply to: Re: What is causing the change in shape of my hen? posted by Cindi on March 14, 2004 at 02:39:31:

3. What does "egg-bound" mean and how can it be fixed?

This is where an egg gets stuck somewhere in the egg making organs and is unable to be laid normally. Sometimes such eggs lack shells and can quickly begin to rot causing major infection inside the hen. The symptoms are the hen sits with her tail downwards and appears to be straining to pass something from her rear end. She may make pitiful chirping sounds indicating her distress. Sometimes a messy diarrhea-like discharge may be evident. When the bird is handled, the pelvis area is often distended and may feel hard to touch (if the egg is shelled) or may feel soft and spongy. The problem is most common in young pullets and old hens. Sometimes the bird may actually prolapse while trying to pass the offending egg and can be quickly cannibalised by her companions. This almost always results in death to the bird.
To help clear a shelled egg, gently massage the pelvis of the bird. Try not to distress her any more than she already is. Take some Vaseline or KY jelly and using your littlest finger, smear a little around the cloaca (anus) and without pushing too hard, inside the oviduct. To find the oviduct, gently push down at the lower edge of the anus and you will see another little hole open toward the bottom. Sometimes holding the bird over a steaming kettle can help relax the area enough that the egg pops out. Some authorities believe breaking the egg and squeezing the mass out is effective, but I believe that the egg should not be broken if at all possible as the shell pieces can cut delicate tissues inside the hen's body. For eggs without shells, take a syringe (without the needle) and gently squirt warm, saline water into the oviduct. Gently massage the area and hold the bird head up and try to squeeze the watery mass out of her body. This may take some time to achieve but patience is the key.
Once the bird is clear of the egg(s) place her is a slightly darkened, quiet place away from other birds and feed her warm mash and cool, clean water. Some hens never recover to lay again and others may begin laying normally almost immediately.

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