Hi Thanks, ***** ***** much better today, and has been walking, slowly, round the house. I am keeping her in the dark from 4pm till 9am to try to prevent her producing any more eggs. Her tempertature is normal, so is her breathing. I am keeping her in the bath so she stays warm ( empty bath of course) and doesnt go too far. Shes eaten well, and pooed nearly normally too. She talks to us and seems very normal except for a drooped tail and full abdomen. I hope her body can reabsorb the eggs over time or perhaps I am too optomistic. If she seemed distressed I would take a more proactive stance. I am giving her calcium and omega 3 supplements. She is a pet rather than a producer and very sweet, her name is Jessica.
I have had a variety of sick hens over the years and have never lost one to illness yet, or at least when they have died it has been quite sudden and unexpected. My first hens had prolapsed egg vents which I was able to put back, they lives happily and laid well.Some of these rescue birds lay 3 ounce eggs, got to be a strain, dont know which one but suspect it has been Jessica.
Thanks for your reassuring advice. And you are right, finance does come in to this. The hen I had with egg peritonitus cost about £60 in fees and injections, but she got well and lived and laid over the next year. Some of these rescue hens look so neglected, even though Jessica and her companions came from a free range farm they had bare pecked patches and few feathers, Jessica doesn't know she can eat worms, and ignores them.
They are very good company and follow us all up and down the garden, in the work shop, into the house, we have a smallholding with a couple acres of woodland. I hope I can continue to give you good news.