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October 5, 2010
My one hen is egg bound and I tried all kinds of things. I soaked her in warm water I put ky jelly on her and squirted some mineral oil in her. I called Cornell and they said for emergency visit it was 130.00 dollar and more for xrays and other stuff up to 500-600 dollars. No way I can do this. I felt her and I feel at least 2 eggs in her. Maybe if she is still alive by Monday I will find a vet that will help me cheaper or maybe just put her down. I have her inside in the boiler room where it is nice and warm with food and water. I have a box I just put in there hoping she will lay. I have her partly covered with blankets so not bright lights on her. Any one with other suggestions I might want to try will be greatly appreciated. Vet did tell me not to put any thing in her and try not to touch the area too much. This is my grandson's Kody He is 7. Chicken he named Princess.
April 5, 2010
November 14, 2010
I hope the link helps with the chicken….don't know if it will, but it's worth a shot
October 5, 2010
I took my hen Princess to the vet today and she was egg bound in her intestines and belly area. We had to put her down. I had it in my head that we were going to go an the vet would remove the eggs an back home we would go. Been crying over this all day. I am upset wondering why this happen. I am so new to this and I wonder if I did something that might have caused this. Some of the hens have been laying really huge eggs. I also decide when winter came that I would leave light on for them for a couple of hours to keep them laying only cause they just started laying and I didn't want them to stop. Next winter I will give them a rest. So if anyone has any suggestions to help me so nothing like this happens again please tell me.
June 1, 2010
I'm sure the chicken folks will chime in here..But, in my experience with breeding parrots, lovebirds, and similar, hens just get egg bound sometimes even with the greatest of care and diet. If it's caught soon enough, simple cures work. If it goes too long, there's little hope.
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April 5, 2010
December 29, 2009
Even fish get egg bound. My dad has a small pond which he stocks with trout. During spawning each fall he would have a few die because they were egg bound. Now he buys triploids (sterilized) fish.
Of course, with hens, you WANT them having eggs. You did more for Princess than a lot of people would have and you obviously are a compassionate person. Perhaps not using the lighting in the winter will reduce stress and lengthen the laying life. Fewer fresh winter eggs but if you freeze some eggs from the summer bounty you can use them in cooking/baking during the winter.
February 10, 2009
I've had chickens since I was 12 Linda, and now I'm over 50 and I still hate to lose even one hen for any reason. It sounds like you did everything you could do, everything I would have done at least though there's probably other ideas out there, those are about the only ones I'd have tried. Some chickens just have a little something 'down there' not quite right and this happens. That's what I was told by an old timer years ago, (I think he didn't want to try to explain to a 12 year old, what 'down there' meant) when I first started out, and I guess it's true. Really it doesn't always take a lot when you consider a hen's plumbing.
May I ask what kind of chickens you have and how old they are? Some of the modern crosses which are bred to be able to tell the pullets from the cockerels the day they are hatched because their feathers clearly identify them, are bred to be very high producers, seem to get these issues a bit more IMO. I'm trying to remember all the names these go by from hatcheries, Golden Comets, Gold Star, Black Star, Cinnamon Queen, and I know I'm forgetting some of the hatchery names… these are great birds to have if you are going to get new hens every year because they lay early and well, but production drops off quickly, and they tend to lay very large eggs for their size and if you try to raise your own chicks from them, you get strange mixtures of chicks with unpredictable traits. This is not to say that no standard breeds or heritage breeds will ever have egg issues! They absolutely will, which is why I was curious about what breed this hen was.
There's absolutely totally completely no way to predict when this will happen and like I said it sounds like you did all you could and more. (I know it sounds cruel, but not many people take their chickens to a vet.)
October 5, 2010
Thanks everyone…I have decided not to leave the light on for them. I purchase my chickens from Meyers hatchery. I chose everyone to be a different breed. The one that died was the black australorp, I also have one each of New Hampshire Red, Golden Buff, Dominque, silver and golden lace Wyadottes, silver spangled hamburg an a Welsummer. When I ordered these chickens I just ordered them by how they looked. After ordering them I realize things that I wish I studied them a little more. I was looking for Hens that would be cold tolerant and ones that will be not so much broody. I wish I looked for all of them to have large eggs, but again they are small birds an they give me large eggs. A neighbor called me back on Monday an heard my message I left from the weekend and she said she was going to be ordering some chicks, cause a possum got in an killed some of hers. I said I will split the shipping charges with her and she was even going to raise them for me.That raising the chicks was to stressful for me always worrying about if they are to cold or too hot and then when they had the cocidious thing to deal with and almost loosing one. So I thought that would be great. Now I am wondering what I should order I am thinking about the delaware and also I like the personality of the Welsummers. My little sliver spangled Hamburg gets peck at by all the other birds but from the Welsummer. I have her trained to always go on the perch at night by her. I also like my golden buff. I don't want any that will be over 6 1/2 pounds cause most of them are small. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thanks again everyone!!!!
December 28, 2011
I'm sorry about your chicken, Linda. I know I mourned everyone of mine I lost. I still miss my "ladies". But it sounds like you did everything you could to help her out. We always left the lights on for our chickens in the winter (it was cold in the TN mountains!) and I don't think this all happened because you left the lights on… my farmer neighbors would have said something along the line of "sometimes it just happens that way"….
April 28, 2012
I am sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I do not have any remedies for an egg bound chicken. I have a light in my henhouse on a timer. I set it for about ten and a half hours a day, this seems to keep the girls laying. When it gets really cold I turn on a red infrared bulb. They don't seem to mind the red light and sleep just fine. If I leave a white light on 24 hours a day the girls act a little funny and start feather picking. If you are worried about your chickens getting cold maybe a red bulb would help.
October 5, 2010
July 15, 2011
Oh, Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have lost a couple of hens and it is very sad. One of mine just never did well, wasn't even six months old. It was a mixed breed. The other was a Delaware and her leg was broken when I went out one morning. It was at the hip – I'm not sure if she was jumped on by the rooster the wrong way, but anyway everyone else has been good so far. I have a rooster that I could write a book about! He suffered through Marek's disease (I believe that's what it was, the vet thought it might be but couldn't be positive unless we put him down and I chose not to do that – he made it!) and then recently he was attacked by a hawk. That was not fun – his face had quite a bit of damage. But after another vet visit (I know, I know but it just seemed so wrong to let him die after all he's been though!) he's doing just fine.
I do have a question though, I have one little hen that stays with that rooster (the rest of the girls are on the other side of a fence with my other rooster) and she was laying eggs almost daily after a month long vacation without lights in the coop. For the past week we haven't had one egg from her. Is this normal? Should I be worried? Can they just stop? She acts normal, is eating fine. Any information would be appreciated!
May 15, 2011
Yes it is normal. All hens go through a molt twice a year. Usually during hottest part of summer, and then again in winter. And yes, sometimes they will just stop. It takes 14 days to make an egg, so she may have started her molt, but you didn't know because she was still clearing her system of eggs. OR, not enough light to make eggs.
But check where she lays her eggs. Is it moist? Could be someone is egg eating, or you have a rat that is taking the eggs.
I sell or put my egg eating chickens in the freezer. I have chickens for eggs and meat, and I NEED the eggs, so I won't put up with egg eating.
I have found the best chickens to be buff orpingtons (great layers, super sweet, great moms) and americaunas. We almost always go through December with out eggs. I put the white light up New Year's Day. I think 30 to 45 day vacation is plenty, and I need the eggs to feed my family. I don't feed chickens to not get anything in return, that is tooo expensive.
July 15, 2011
Thank you Razz, I haven't gotten into freezing my hens – they are still pets – but I realize that plenty of people do. This one is not an egg-eater, I think she's just taking a break. They all have already molted – but I think the light situation might be the culprit here. They have no extra light. She is fine as I write this so I'm assuming nothing is wrong. Thanks again,
February 10, 2009
Razz is right, I find that the winter molt is often less apparent to most people, some hens are very sneaky about it! It tends to just blend in with other winter issues really.
I use a light in my coop but not to extend the day by any appreciable time, mostly to supplement it. I turn it on when opening the coop in the morning, (always after sunup) and turn it off at dusk. My coop is a bit dark, I think I'll look into ways to put another window on the east side, and maybe a second pop door because in the winter the existing one is in a bad spot… two doors seems decadent, but not such a bad idea really.
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