It’s been a warm week, with temperatures hitting the mid 80’s.  Spring is just around the corner!

Yesterday, as I was feeding the chickens and ducks, I noticed one of chickens, Saiery(aka “Mouse”)) seeming to strain to poop – she was “squatting” and nothing came out.   I have a habit of just watching the girls for a few minutes, to see if I can detect anything odd or unusual.     It’s these little signs that could point to a larger problems in the long run.    Picking her up, I noticed her backside was a little gooey so then went into the hen house to check the nesting box noticed there was an eggy mess in one of them.   All signs pointed that she laid a gooey egg and was constipated – thankfully not egg bound!

One never knows all the internal workings of laying animals but spotting and treating the problem early on can certainly be a lifesaver.  Reaching for a syringe and mineral oil located in the animal feed shed we gave her a good mineral cleanse/flush to her backside, followed by soaking her bottom in a hot water bath.    After a few hours she was pooping normally and this morning she laid a normal egg!

We’ll monitor her closely for a couple days.   Although we are sure to give our girls their dose of calcium, I’ll make sure they get a bit extra if this warm spell is causing them to stress out.


  1. Jeni says:

    I first must admit I have greatly missed your daily post…lol I know your busy. What a catch! I do the same not only to check for signs but just because they are so interesting to me to watch, I love watching them in the yard during the summer, I could sit there for hours. We got our new chicks a few weeks ago and I have decided that one of our black sex links may just have to be a Clementine Jr. she has gotten to the point were she jumps in my hand any time I get in the brooder to fill food, change water etc. It is so funny I have never had a chick or chicken with this much personality so I thought it would be only appropriate she get named after a chicken “legacy”.

    Hope all is well:)

  2. susane says:

    You’re a good “chick’s mommy”…:)

  3. Riley says:

    The mineral flush–oral or anal?

    • Anais says:

      @Riley: Sorry, forgot to say – anal flush

  4. Kit McGlinchey says:

    I’m so glad to see you back on FaceBook. Don’t really know what happened there but did notice you were gone. Hope everything is good now and I am happy to see you back on my home feed ! Sincerely, Kit McGlinchey

  5. Cassidy says:

    She’s so sweet! What breed is she? Glad you caught it early. Its so important to keep an eye on the smaller city flock. I have a little group of 5 and I check eyes, legs, & rears every morning and evening.

  6. Heather :) :) :) says:

    OH, I hope “Mouse” is doing well and that “messy egg” incident was just a one time thing !!! Is warm weather really not good for chickens? Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  7. Ginger says:

    In all my years of raising chickens, I never did anything like this. You are one dedicated chicken chick.

  8. sarah says:

    Last year one of my hens had magots in her vent (egg vent)
    I treated it by flushing it out with a mixture of one part benidine and four parts water. I used a syringe and flushed the vent twice a day (the first day) and once every day after that. I can report that that did the trick.

    I was so happy not to loose her!

  9. Monica says:

    fascinating! ;0)

  10. Diane says:

    You are lucky. A couple of weeks ago our bantam became egg bound. We did get the egg out but infection set in and within four days we had to put her down. She was our favorite and it was very sad. I too spend time with my chickens daily to look for any problems.

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