Videos of Egg Binding Progression & Treatment~

Egg binding. We all hate those words. They are very often deadly, and always painful for your bird to experience. It’s also pretty scary to see your female Finch sitting there, on the bottom of the cage, eyes shut in pain, dying slowly.

Fortunately thanks to the Dr. Marshall program, we don’t have many cases of egg binding while using the products in combination with each other (Ioford & Dufo Plus). However every rare once in a while it still happens. No matter what you do you need to be ready for it, especially if you’re a breeder. What do you do?

The first step is identifying whether or not your hen is actually egg bound. If she is, she will be fluffed up in pain, seemingly very fat and pregnant, possibly with a wet or swollen (or both) vent area, unable to move, staying on the bottom of the cage. It is possible to catch it very early when your hen begins to slow down her movements and starts seeming a little tired or a little pained. Since all birds hide their symptoms, most often than not you will notice an egg bound hen when she’s hours away from death displaying all symptoms at once and seeming frozen in pain.

Last night, one of my hens started showing severe signs of egg binding. One minute I was in the bird room feeding the babies, watching her and the rest of the flock bounce around their cages. When I came in for their next feeding, she was on the floor of her cage. Her eyes were not yet closed but I could tell something was wrong. She had seemed a bit sluggish before but was that pregnancy or egg binding?

In this video you can see my female BC “Lilac” is showing symptoms of being in severe pain due to egg binding. Step 1 is identifying the symptoms & treating immediately. Shortly after this video she was given a few drops of Calcium Plus through a syringe. (The lights have gone off for the night as it was about 7:30 when this video was taken.)

One hour later, if the symptoms have increased it may be necessary to give your female another dose. This is usually only true with severe cases that have progressed for an unknown amount of time, such as someone who comes home from a long day at work to find their hen is egg bound.

In the following video, you can see my hen is doing slightly better by being somewhat able to move around. However you can still hear that I’m unsure if she is going to need another dose of treatment. To avoid giving her too much, I suggest waiting a couple of hours or until the symptoms worsen. It can be hard to watch your bird in pain but giving her too much medicine will be counterproductive and may lead to it’s ineffectiveness later.

Part 3 of this series of videos was taken 2 hours after treatment. Here you are able to see her poop with great struggle, and how her feces reflects her predicament. “Not your best poop missy” you can hear me tell her. She is moving around moreso but is still acting as if her vent is pained as well as the rest of her body. She moves for a time then stops and remains in the fluffed up position as she was previously.

3 long hours after treatment, you can see Lilac is moving around her cage in a much easier way. She became very hungry as all recovering egg bound females seem to. She sat in her feeder until she had her full. I spied on her from the doorway so as not to disturb her meal. Most of the time egg bound hens become dehydrated or malnourished from not being able to eat for hours at a time while in pain. When they start to come out of that pain they regain their appetite. It’s a good sign that they’re recovering fast.

Finally, 4 hours after being treated with a few drops of the liquid supplement Calcium Plus, you can see Lilac is back to normal. She is making her way around the cage as she always does (though slightly slower than normal). You may notice she comes up to me a few times almost as if to thank me, she is very people friendly. At the very end of the video she climbs up to the top of the cage and her favorite sleeping perch as if to say “That’s all for now, goodnight!” I checked up on her throughout the night just to be safe and there were no further issues.

Phew! Always stressful to go through but again – you will go through it and need to know how to handle it. This is especially true for breeders.

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