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.