Is Your Hen Egg Bound?

Egg Bound Chicken


What is so serious about a hen being egg bound? If left entreat the hen can die within 48 hours.  Usual symptoms of a hen that is egg bound are:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • egg bound chicken pictures —mazaletel (Flickr.com)Draggy wings
  • Closed eyes
  • Puckering vent that is dripping clear or white liquid
  • Swollen vent
  • Tail either straight up in the air or at “half mast”
  • May sit on the floor or ground

Stretching the neck and straining the vent are not typical for an egg bound hen, but it can indicate stress – the vent can sometimes strain and push out if the hen is distressed.

Egg Bound Chicken Treatment

Here is a good treatment for an egg bound hen from www.dummies.com

“Moist heat is considered the safest remedy for egg binding in chickens. Put the hen in a cage with a wire floor. Place a large, flat pan of steaming water beneath the cage. Keep the water warm under her, but don’t keep it so hot that the steam burns her.
Provide some overhead heat from a heat lamp, and enclose the whole cage with a blanket or plastic to keep the moist heat in. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot, however. A thermometer can be used to keep the heat between 90 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Water should be available at all times for the hen to drink.
The hen should pass the egg in a couple hours with this treatment.”
 

For more info you can check out Wikipedia

 

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