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An eggbound chicken is never a good thing, either for you or the chicken. Before you actually try this method, you have to know what an eggbound chicken is and if your chicken actually is eggbound. If you believe your chicken is eggbound, make sure you are handling her carefully during the entire process.
What is an Eggbound Chicken?
A hen does not always have the energy and strength to push out her egg. This lack of energy may be because of malnutrition, which is often unnoticed until something like this appears. It can be dangerous for your chicken because both the egg and waste come out of the vent, which means she will not be able to get rid of waste if she is blocked up.
How to Tell if Your Chicken is Eggbound
To be able to tell if your chicken has this condition, feel around her vent. If she is, you will feel swelling, hardness, tension, and she will be sore or sensitive. Watch her behavior as well, if she does not eat like she usually does, has fluffed-out feathers, seems to be lethargic, and has a retracted neck, she may be eggbound.
How to Treat an Eggbound Chicken
- Take the calcium pill and crush it up. Mix this with water, put it in the syringe, and give it to the hen.
- Have your bird soak in some warm water. The warmth will help her to relive the tension. Keep an eye on her so she doesn’t freak out or struggle.
- Take the olive oil or baby oil and rub it around the vent. You can use a spray bottle if she is too sensitive to touch.
- Make sure your chicken doesn’t become dehydrated. If she seems to be hungry, you can try feeding her a scrambled egg to give her nutrients.
- By now, she should be close to laying the egg, feel around to check if the egg is present. Do NOT try to break the egg if it’s whole. If you are able to see it, you can use your fingers (tweezers if it is soft or shell less) to grab at it. Apply more oil for an easier passing.
- Pull very gently and make sure to keep applying oil. It will hopefully slide out. If this doesn’t work, you may need to cull her if she is in too much pain and there’s no way to help.