January 31, 2009 at 11:13 pm #246867
Hope someone can offer some advice.
I think i have an egg bound chicken.
I found her on the nest late in the afternoon yesterday and she did not want to move which is very unusual for my chookys.
She was panting badly and twitching her tail. I brought her inside out of the heat and gave her a bowl of water.
She seems very reluctant to sit down.
She expels some liquid from her vent and overnight has expelled some very runny poos.
I sat her in a warm water bath for about an hour, she did not move but nothing helped.
I have put 10mm of olive oil up her vent to try to help, but nothing yet.
Her pelvic bones seem quite narrow which makes me think she maybe off the lay and it is another problem. She is fluffed up and hunched in a standing position.
She is drinking water but not really eating.
I have tried to feel for a stuck egg, but cannot feel anything obvious. Not sure how far in the vent to feel for?
not sure if she was clucky and just trying to hatch? they are crossbreeds and I felt that was unlikly but not out of the question. they have not gone broody before.
thanks in advance.January 31, 2009 at 11:21 pm #390673
I can’t offer medica advice, sorry. You may already know about BYP, but I’ll offer it in case… A search on their Good Samarintan Medical Centre pages will bring up a lot of solid advice from knowledgable poultry people.
Good luck.February 1, 2009 at 7:33 am #390674
My poor belgium chooky had the same symptoms,i really thought she was egg bound 2,she was eating lots though.
I took her to the vets,they felt around and could not feel an egg,which if egg bound they said you would feel it or see it.
She ended up having x-rays,vets were keen to find out as they did not have a great deal of knowledge on chooks!
No egg but a very big big intestine that was infected,she went onto antibiotics and a big dose of worming.
She was sick for 2 weeks,was not fair and had her put down.
The infection in which she had was common in chooks,cant remember what it was sorry!!!!
Just keep an eye on your little chooky,i don’t want to scare you,fingers crossed it is nothing to serious.
All the best
cheers jess …..February 1, 2009 at 10:58 am #390675
Thanks kippen and jess.
I signed up with the BYP forum.
I am thinking now that she is not egg bound as i cannot feel and egg and she does not seem to be trying to push one out.
She seems a little bit better today, but still not eating.
Her poos are looking better another good sign.
i think it may have just been heat exhaustion.
anyway keeping her inside for a few more days and seeing what happens.
all other chookies seem ok.
My first medical issue with the chooks.February 2, 2009 at 1:26 am #390676
HI katerina, sounds like heat exhaustion, the laying boxes are fairly cool when compared to the 45 + degrees we were suffering.
thickly spread vegie might on some bread – and give her a treat – this will perck her up if it is from the heat. and a cool bath if it gets really hot again.
RoogzFebruary 3, 2009 at 3:52 am #390677
Chooky back to good health now. so suspect heat exhaustion.
I had a good laugh at myself though, as the poor bird just wanted repreive from the heat and got a full on rectal examination. 😆February 3, 2009 at 4:43 am #390678
:lol::lol::lol::lol: and a warm bath! poor chooky 😆February 3, 2009 at 5:02 am #390679
At least you learnt alot from this one short event, eh? 😉
Cheers! :hug:February 3, 2009 at 6:03 am #390680
Glad she is feeling better. Ours often get like that in the heat, there is one in particular that really seems to feel the heat.
I treat them by putting a frozen bottle of water in the pen, its the most brillant site of them draped over the bottle ;). The guinea pigs love freezy bricks they lie on them with their little legs sticking out the sides.February 3, 2009 at 9:26 am #390681
At least you learnt alot from this one short event, eh?
And we now know who to ask about ….. 😉 😀 Glad she’s ok, Katerina. 🙂February 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm #390682
I’m a little concerned that a “cloacal” exam was performed without fully investigating other possible complaints first.Insertion of any object into the cloaca can cause severe injury and or infection and should ONLY be performed by very experienced persons.
Whilst BYP is a reasonable forum I think this is a better forum for poultry health as the owner checks the forum several times daily and has written most of the stuff on BYP anyway,as well as many other international based forums.
They also have an emergency/accident/disease/illness board that gets replies before any other board from expert members who have spent years studying poultry illnesses etc.February 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm #390683
Thanks for that link Sebastion – bookmarked:tup:
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