Eggbound Hen

An eggbound hen is the condition suffered by a hen when the egg  is stuck, it may be trapped for several reasons, it could be that the egg is very large, has been broken or the egg shell is soft, either way it is very difficult for the hen to reslove this issue.

After reading severals internet posts on the subject, and with some help from chicken forums, I tried the following, insert finger into vent (wearing rubber glove) and see you can feel the egg, sometimes it may be trapped near the vent, using some sort of lubricant makes it less painful for the hen and aids with the extrution of the egg, many suggest vaseline or olive oil, I tried this three times, but couldn’t feel an egg.

The other method that seems to be suggested alot, and by their accounts works well, is bathing the hen in a warm bath (tub /basin), ensuring that her abdomen and vent are below the water level, I have tried this twice, and yet neither of those methods seem to have worked for poor Daphne. As I haven’t been able to observe her, she may of passed the egg somewhere in the garden.

One of the post I read had another suggestion which was half an asprin with some sugar water, claiming that this gave the hen that extra energy and a bit of a pain killer to be able to push the egg out. Sounds reasonable.

Unfortunately often if these problems do not resolve themselves or the medthods don’t work, then it’s an expensive visit to the vets or let nature take it’s course.