John Hams : What
causes egg bound? I Have about 30 chooks in 2 different yards
each with a rooster, auto feeder and auto water, they are let
out each day to roam our 2 acre property and have shell grit in
their nests. I lose 2 to 3 a year from egg bound, they either
die or I put them out of their misery. Regards John Hams, Clare
S. A. Australia.
My Reply : There
are a few common reasons that it can happen - one is that the
egg is just too big for the pelvis, another possibility is there
is not enough calcium in the diet (calcium is required for muscle
retraction), another reason is that they might be too weak from
some other condition (which could be nutrition or illness related).
Sometimes a hen may be dehydrated and the part which moves around
the egg as it is laid is too dry and stuck to it preventing it
from getting out.
If the problem is a small
pelvis then it is almost certainly hereditary and
prevention may not be possible. If the problem is lack of calcium
crushed oyster shells may help. A general poultry nutrient / vitamin
supplement such as Avia Charge 2000 can also have a positive effect
on their overall health (the nutrients they need are present in
layers food, but sometimes they don't eat enough of it so a supplement
helps make sure they have everything they need).
Debbie Hoch :
Gina, Your newsletter is fantastic. I love the connection to other
people who have chickens! I find your information very helpful
during the year. I live in Northern Maine and have four wonderful
chickens! They do not lay in the winter and I do not have artificial
light or heat for them, but a very solid draft proof coup for
the winter! Our temperatures are around 15 degrees in the winter;
and I must admit, I am always amazed when I open the coup in the
morning and the chickens are happy to come out and peck at the
snow! I feed them commercial feed in the winter and only supplement
with some fresh tomatoes or leftovers from the kitchen (they are
very fond of spaghetti!). Have a wonderful holiday season and
please keep the newsletter coming! It is a pleasure.