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Egg-bound Hen - How to Remove the Egg PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008 19:30

There are many remedies to be found to supposedly cure an egg-bound chicken. A lot of the remedies say that you can't actually cure an egg-bound chicken. This remedy was given to me by a local vet and describes how to remove the problem egg from an egg-bound chicken, but is not actually a cure to stop the chicken becoming egg-bound again.

Removing the egg involves a rubber glove and vaseline it doesn't take much imagination to work out what you do with the vaseline.

It must be stressed that every chook is different and every case is different. This remedy is not guaranteed to work for every chook, but it did work for my chook. The idea is to stuff a reasonable amount of vaseline into the chooks vent so that the rough egg will be able to slip out easily. The problem egg was laid about 3 hours later.

Here are the steps:

  1. Put on a pair of thin disposable rubber gloves, of the thin surgical kind.
  2. Put a big blob vaseline onto the back of your left hand. ( if you are right-handed ) The reason for doing this is for hygiene, so that you don't have to put your hand back into the vaseline jar again for a second blob of vaseline. Just keep taking the vaseline from the back of your hand instead.
  3. Pick up the chicken as gently as you can and then use your left hand (the one with the vaseline blob on the back of it) to hold her upside down by both legs leaving your other hand free. Be very careful as you are handling her because you don't want to stress her out any more than necessary and most importantly you dont want to break the egg or she will die from infection. Most chooks will stay still for you while they are hanging upside down. My chook was a Hyline, and she didnt move at all once she was hanging upside down.
  4. Very very carefully and as slowy as you can, put blobs of vaseline inside the chooks vent and wipe the vaseline around inside to give a good cover. At this point you have to be extra careful that you don't break the egg because any shards of egg shell caught inside the chook will cause an infection and she will die.
  5. The problem egg was laid approx. 3 hours later.

However after all that the chook died about three months later. It is suspected that she was egg-bound again and I didnt notice it, because they say that once a chook gets egg-bound, she will just get egg-bound again and die eventually. There is nothing you can do because by getting rid of the egg-bound egg, you are not actually fixing the underlying problem that caused her to become egg-bound in the first place and there could be a number of problems to cause her to get egg bound.

Sharon, Gidgegannup


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2008 15:52
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2 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 21:07
1 Tuesday, 16 June 2009 07:06
Another way is to hold the chicken above a bowl of hot steamy water. I had a hen with a broken egg, the egg white and yolk was dripping from her behind.. I held her over the steam (her butt) and the broken egg popped followed by another egg!!

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