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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2010 8:06pm (Apr 24th 2010)
    Can anyone give me advice on a problem I have with Pumpkin hen? She has been laying fine up until today when she has started to stay in the laying box an not want to leave it for long. She produced a soft shelled egg this evening and it looks like prior to that she as expelled what looks like a squashed soft pink lump of just what looks like it could be remnants of shells. It has worried me as I have seen this twice before when I have sadly lost hens. I do not know what might be the cause and what to do to help. So if anyone out there can help or advice please let me know.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2010 2:39pm (Apr 25th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi CW

    I'm real sorry to hear about your girl :sad:

    My first advice would be get her to a vets' ASAP, as things to do with eggs and blockages can go downhill very fast. We lost Libby when she was eggbound because her egg smashed inside her and caused blood poisoning.

    The pink 'thing' wasn't a prolapse or anything like that, it was definitely egg shells?

    I would stick her in a warm bath, not hot, and keep her there for as long as possible (anything up to half an hour). Dry her off properly and pop her back wherever she belongs, and wait an hour or so to see if that helps anything else slip out of her! You could try putting veg oil on her vent as well.

    How is she acting today? Have a feel of her belly area on the way to the vent and see if you can feel an egg or anything.

    Good luck with your girl, I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Keep us updated :heart:
      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 6:13pm (Jun 6th 2010)
    Hi Red

    Just to let you and everyone know that Pumpkin had a course of antibiotics from the vet and is now a lot better and has been laying as normal for the past 2 weeks. Thanks for all your help and advice it was much appreciated. :)

    So reassuring to have other people to ask and share my henny problems with.

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 6:27pm (Jun 6th 2010)
    It's brilliant, innit? As you say, it's good to have someone to ask. Glad she's better!
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 10:01pm (Jun 6th 2010)
    That's a relief CW, glad she's feeling so much better.