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Hi Keepers, the most viewed post on this site is Egg Bound Treatment Works, it has also had the most responses or replies,  this came through yesterday and I wanted to share it with you all, incase you didn’t see it in the reply section, it was posted by Penny.

Penny’s Post

I have just had the same problem with one of our chickens, If she is dragging her behind, walking like a penguin & has her mouth open she is in pain, she is most probably Egg Bound. Don’t give up on her I never did.

Firstly do the warm water bath as suggested above, (Must hold. her bottom section under the warm water for at least 20 minutes.), then remove her, put on a plastic glove & oil your index finger with Vaseline or Olive oil.  Shove your finger in the vent & move it around to oil the inside of the vent as well as the outside. Dry her off as well as you can & put her in a separate cage away from the other chickens as they will just peck her & she must be kept warm & quiet so she can relax.If you can bring her inside all the better.

Then lastly go & get a Thick Towel put the towel in hot water or warm the wet towel in the microwave for a few minutes. Then wrap the towel in a plastic bag (I used two bags) It will keep the towel warm for a few hours, also will keep your towel clean. If you have a hot water bottle you could also use that wrap that in a dry towel, make sure it is not to warm as you don’t want to burn her. Put this under the chicken in the cage, she will straight away climb on top of it, (You will also notice that she will stop panting.the warmth helps to ease the pain).

 Our chicken was like this for 3 days & I had to repeat this procedure twice. I also took her down to the chicken run every morning & every night for her to stretch her legs & have some food.Also see that she has water at all times available in her cage. On the 3rd morning I looked in her cage & there it was ONE HUGE EGG!! & One happy chicken & An Even happier owner, never give up. “While their is life there is hope” Cheers Penny.

I welcome your feedback, as it helps us all learn more and in turn be better carers for your birds.

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Egg Bound or Trapped Egg Symptoms.

Hi there keepers, I have noticed in the search engine for this site, that quite a few people type in, ‘ How can you tell if a chicken is eggbound? ‘, or simular. I can only tell you how I detected ours were.

The first sign and posssibly the most obvious, was that the affected hen stopped laying eggs, now we only have 6 hens now, so I can individually recognise each hens egg, which makes it easier to know who has stopped laying.

The second behavoiur I noticed was that, the affected hen seemed to be constantly pushing down her rear, infact the whole tail of the bird was pointing at the ground, rather than the healthy tail feathers up position, On closer inspection of the vent, ( the hole both eggs and waste appear from), it was constantly being pushed by the hen, in an effort to free the egg, so the vent is visably being pushed out and then going back in, every few seconds. In some cases there will be alot of white discharge, this is because the solids are stuck behind the egg, and only the fluids can get passed, caution when examining vent, see Egg Bound Chicken Treatment  for details.

In general the affected hen will appear down, not moving around much, bum down, off their food, with a look of constipation. Good luck.

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.