posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 10:37 PM
reply to post by karen61057
I don't have chickens, but we have Diamond Doves and our main pair has had 6 babies over the years. One of their babies, who is now two, has had
serious egg-binding problems. Even without a mate, she still tries to lay eggs but has a problem with her reproductive system and can not get the egg
out. She's had it so bad that she also had egg-yolk peritonitis, a really bad infection. Somehow, she survived three times already, which the avian
specialist considered a miracle that she survived it just the first time!
What we do with her is give her liquid calcium by mouth. The specialist will also give her a calcium injection as well. The calcium helps push the egg
out, or form the egg in case it is soft. Then, we give her Baytril, an antibiotic, to help with any infection from the egg just sitting inside her and
making her sick. I also give her a warm bath to help loosen her muscles, hoping it will help her push out the egg, and put mineral oil on her
vent/butt area to also help it slide out. That's really all you can do. Somehow, our dove never laid any of the eggs stuck in her, they actually
somehow reabsorbed back into her body. The specialist was baffled.
Then, if the hen still is having egg-binding problems even with increased calcium, hormone shots might be the last resort. We've done that as well,
to try and stop her from forming eggs but she still does it anyway somehow. After that, all that's left is a hysterectomy which is expensive and very
hard surgery on a fragile bird, especially a small bird like a Diamond Dove, but I imagine it's very life-threatening even for a chicken!
Sorry if I rambled on, I love birds so very much. Love love love. Am intrigued about this story, but sad about the mother hen.. must have felt so
insanely strange for her.