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    • CommentAuthormadmadge12
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2009 7:25pm (Oct 30th 2009) edited
    I have two chooks who have been laying huge eggs. Now they both seem to be egg bound. At least that is what I think. They have been passing eggs with broken, softer than normal shells but these seem to be stuck halfway out for sometime. I have read that I should put them in hot soapy water for half an hour and then keep them in the dark for a day or two to stop them producing more eggs until all have passed. Is this the right thing to do??? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2009 8:40pm (Oct 30th 2009)
    Madge, I've not encountered this with my chickens (:fingerscrossed:!) but if you use the 'search' thingy at the top of this page for 'egg bound' or 'eggbound' then lots of advice will pop up for you. Good luck!
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2009 5:55pm (Nov 1st 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi madge, :welcome: to the site.

    Sorry to hear about your chickens. How old are they?

    Chickens need around 14 hours of sunlight a day to lay eggs (depending on the breed of chicken) and so almost all hens stop laying eggs at some point during the winter unless provided with extra artificial light to make them carry on laying.

    As they are approaching the end of their laying cycle the eggs often come out looking a little 'odd' :) especially if the hens are still quite young or are very old. These include really small eggs, big eggs, eggs with thinner shells than usual, eggs with soft rubbery shells etc. Then the hens will stop laying until they are getting enough sunlight again.

    Could it be this that is happening?

    However it could also be a more serious problem. How do the eggs get stuck half way out of the chickens - are they walking around with the eggs poking out of their vent? Are the eggs they lay already smashed?

    Giving an egg bound hen a warm bath will help, as it allows her to relax and makes it easier to pass a stuck egg. You can also try oiling her vent with vegetable oil (not a pleasant job I know :P ) And keeping them in a quiet dark place may also help, keeping them nice and calm.

    If the problem persists I'd recommend a check-up at the vets as egg binding can be nasty. Hopefully it's not a problem and is just your girls stopping for the winter. Feel free to use the search function for other topics on egg binding (good thinking CC!) and I hope your girls make a full recovery :001_smile: