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Egg Binding

Egg binding is when the passing of the egg through the reproductive tract is delayed. It is a life-threatening condition and so it is important for egg-bound hens to receive prompt veterinary treatment.

The symptoms are:

  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Swelling
  • Constipation
  • Fluffed-up feathers
  • Straining
  • Sitting on the cage floor
  • Drooping of the wings
  • Lameness
  • Loss of appetite

Insufficient calcium can be one of the causes as well as a lack of maturity

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