Egg bound Treatment Works

Hi there keepers, firstly appologies to any out there who have missed my regular postings, I have been very busy at work, and therefore haven’t had the time to post daily.

Anyway on to the business of trapped eggs. If you read the previous post about Daphne having this problem then you’ll already know the treatments that were suggested to me, but I shall go through them again for those that haven’t read the previous posts on the matter.

After catching the afflicted hen, and placing her under your arm like a rugby ball, head out the back, bum facing up, try the following.

Fistly inspect the vent to see if the egg is trapped at the vent, also look to see if they is a white discharge from the vent, if so this is just the urates passing around the egg, meaning that the solids are trapped behind the egg, futher up the tube.

Now to try and aid the realease of the egg, it is suggested that you don a rubber glove, preferrably( for the hen), that you lubricate the finger with vaseline, ky or olive oil, this will make it more comfortable for the hen, and add lubrication to help the egg past easier.

Inside the vent there are two passages, the top one  is where the egg comes down, word of caution this next detail wasn’t in anything I read, there may(probably is) alot of trapped wind, so you might not want to be looking to directly at the vent when you insert the oilled finger.

So apon entering through the vent you want go immediately up, when I did this I thought I could feel the top of the egg, but only just at the tip of my forefinger, I just very gently massage around the egde of the egg, it did feel soft shelled. It ‘s important not to break the egg, as this may lead to futher complications. I imagine this method alone would only work if the egg was trapped right at the opening of the vent.

The other method I incorporated with the above, was the warm bath, this sounds easier, I thought, well what you do is fill the basin with very warm ( warmer than hen body temperature), then sumerge the lower half of the hen in water, ensuring that her vent gets a good clean, and hold her in in there for 20 mins, this is a long time to hold a hen still in a basin, but it needs to be 20 mins to work, 10 mins won’t always do it, so the longer you can hold her in there for the better, this just generally helps all the muscles relax, loosens everything up. Daphne even closed her eyes for a little while during her second warm bath.

After the bath I gently dried her with an old towel, and let her back out in to the garden with the others, and the very next day her tail was up again, as we let our hens free range I didn’t find the offending egg. So if you have a hen that bum points to ground, try these methods first before taking an expensive visit to the vets.

Daphne our silent shaver

Daphne our silent shaver

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.