“egg bound” – This story has a happy ending – Raising Chickens

Oh y’all. I’m so upset. I’ve got a teeny modern game bantam who is egg bound. I’ve bathed her in Epsom salt for 20 minutes, lubricated her butt, and I’m keeping her warm and indoors by herself in a quiet room. She’s actively pushing but otherwise acting very sad and painful. Not eating or drinking. How long do I wait before repeating the bath? Any advice is welcome.look at her, you can see the egg is partially out but it’s not moved in hours.

This story has a happy ending - Raising Chickens
This story has a happy ending – Raising Chickens
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Jennifer Hoover
Jennifer Hoover

Kristin Wouk honestly by some of the responses on here. It might be wise to leave it up for learning Lessons. I just learned about tums thing. I knew about the bath.

Jennifer Hoover
Jennifer Hoover

Kristin Wouk smart move. Your a great chicken momma

Jennifer Hoover
Jennifer Hoover

also a good thing to learn. The warmth helped her relax more. ???????????????? educate me.

Jenny Heidewald
Jenny Heidewald

Leave it up, it is great to get a happy ending to the stuck egg!

Mandy Griffiths
Mandy Griffiths

Do you have any tums? When my hen was egg bound I gave her an epsom salt bath and a tiny amount of a crushed up Tum and within minutes expelled the egg.

Carole Young
Carole Young

You need to soak in Epsom salt 3 or 4 times a day give her extra calcium Tums just before you do the soaking.. try to massage it out of her but very gently you don’t want to break the shell.. separated from the others and keep her in a kennel in ad comfortable quiet place

Chelsey Stone Dalton
Chelsey Stone Dalton

You can try helping it along. Put one finger on the top of the vent and one on the bottom. Gently push the vent back to open it a little more. Put lots of lube around it first though.

Lisa Bye Harriman
Lisa Bye Harriman

Hive her a full tums if you uavent yet. It helps her contractions increase and she can pass the egg better. Every 24 hrs soak her and relube her and I mean lube it up inside very well but dont break the egg. Dark quiet place when she is trying to lay is also important. It keeps her relaxed.

OMG. Didnt see that I has spelling issues. My phone will do that sometimes so I hope you understood what I was saying… lol

Lisa Bye Harriman
Lisa Bye Harriman

well at least she layed it and that’s what counts! I’m so happy this ended happily ????

Daniel Graves
Daniel Graves

Put some Preparation H on her vent now that she has passed it. It will help soothe the inflammation and tenderness that she is experiencing.

Kim Riley
Kim Riley

If it happens again add some oil like olive oil to something that can be eaten like a small piece of bread. Helps from the inside out. Glad she passed it.

Cristina Mendez
Cristina Mendez

Never had this happen but wow!! Thanks for posting for future reference. Anyone know if this is only related to a certain type of or just because she is small?

I’m new to this so pardon me for my ignorance but is a fertile egg larger than a non fertile egg? Is there a way to prevent this?

This is so new to me I never thought this happened in hens

Cristina Mendez
Cristina Mendez

Oh wow, that’s just so scary. Why do they stop laying eggs? I have lots of research to do. We’ve always kept 1-3 hens in our home since I can remeber and till this day my kids and I have 1 hen they love her and i just can’t imagine going through something like that with one of my own hens.

Cristina Mendez
Cristina Mendez

glad she is better !!!

Jeannette Boone
Jeannette Boone

Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us and not removing the post. If you had removed it, I would not have known all of this very important info. God bless you and I’m so happy she finally passed the egg. You’re an awesome Mom for your feathered babies. Thanks again for the post.

Jennifer Brooks
Jennifer Brooks

It is often associated with calcium deficiency – if you do not supply a calcium source, you need to for layers. You can also give her crushed Tums. It helps with muscle contractions.