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My horseman pigeon hen is showing all the signs of being egg

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My horseman pigeon hen is showing all the signs of being egg bound is can't stand for long constipation when she does a stool it looks and smells like she has just had an egg it has been going on for several days now any suggestions thanks. Charlie Wilkinson
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Charlie, if supplementing with calcium and vitamins and placing her in a 26.7+C environment hasn't delivered an egg, she's going to need the attention of an avian-oriented vet. Treatment varies with how sick the bird is when presented to your veterinarian as well as the location of the egg and the length of time the bird has been egg bound. Critically ill birds are first treated supportively for shock and then attempts are made to treat the egg binding. Mildly affected birds may respond to supplemental heat, rehydration with injectable fluids, calcium, and vitamin D-3. Unfortunately, she hasn't. Other injectable drugs may help cause the oviduct to contract and expel the egg. If the egg is near the cloacal opening, it might be gently extracted. Eggs that do not pass with drug therapy require treatment that is more aggressive. A needle may need to be placed through the abdomen into the eggshell to aspirate the contents of the egg, causing the shell to collapse. Following this treatment, the empty shell will be pulled out if possible or will usually pass out of the bird within a few days. Failing this, surgery under general anesthetic may be performed to remove the egg or shell fragments.

It's best to approach this process with a clear sense of the bird's financial value to your operation. Although some services might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen.

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