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January 2009

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 then
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.


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published January 2009 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com