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What is wrong with this chicken?
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Hairyhat · 17/05/2018 17:52

My neighbour's chicken is waddling quite badly with her bottom almost touching the ground. Is she "eggbound" and what does that mean? Is there anything that can be done for her? We think she's quite old but not exactly sure of her age.

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Pebblespony · 17/05/2018 17:56

Eggbound means an egg is stuck in her. Has she been at this long? One of ours got peritonitis which caused her to waddle like a penguin. In both cases we brought them to a vet. I didn't know enough to do something myself. The eggbound one was ok. The other one put down.

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Pebblespony · 17/05/2018 17:58

Both are pretty serious if untreated but being egg bound is more acute.

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Hairyhat · 17/05/2018 18:40

Thanks for your replies pebble. I'll pass it on to my neighbour. So if she's eggbound, the vet can cure her?

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Hairyhat · 17/05/2018 18:40

A few days she's been like this I think

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bobisbored · 17/05/2018 19:02

Poor thing. My aunt lost two hens who were egg bound. Call the vets.

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Pebblespony · 17/05/2018 23:29

An egg bound hen can be saved if the egg is removed quickly.

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Hairyhat · 18/05/2018 09:54

Thank you. I have passed the message on to my neighbour

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Hairyhat · 18/05/2018 17:52

Vet said probable peritonitis. Thanks for your help.

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