Egg bound or Egg Binding refers to a condition in which a female bird has trouble laying an egg. Egg binding can be caused by several factors including malnutrition, an inadequate environment, lack of exercise, and genetic predisposition. Egg binding is a serious problem that requires swift medical attention. Left untreated, an egg bound hen can suffer nerve damage, shock, paralysis, and even death.
If you notice your bird exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should contact your avian veterinarian immediately for an exam. As with other avian illnesses, time is of the essence. The quicker that an egg bound bird receives medical attention, the better her chances of recovery and survival.
Rapid or Labored Breathing: Many egg bound hens will look like they are having a hard time breathing. If you notice even slightly labored breathing in your bird, rush to your avian vet for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Swelling: An egg bound hen may appear to have a swollen stomach or may show swelling around her bottom from straining to pass an egg. Birds with swelling on any part of their bodies should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Constipation: If you suspect that a hen may be egg bound, watch her droppings. If they look abnormal, or if she fails to produce any at all, get her to the avian vet straight away.
Fluffed Up Feathers: One of the most common symptoms of illness in birds, fluffed up feathers can also be a sign that a bird is egg bound. If you observe your bird sitting with her feathers fluffed up, assess her for any other symptoms or abnormalities and contact your veterinarian.
Straining: Egg bound hens will often visibly strain to try and pass their eggs. Birds that strain but show no progress in moving their eggs should be seen by a vet.
Sitting in the Cage Floor: Most of the time, birds that are egg bound will take to sitting in the cage floor. If you see this happen to your bird, get her to a vet immediately. Eggs that are stuck inside of a hen can put immense pressure on the bird’s spine, sometimes causing paralysis and the inability to perch.
Any species of parrot can be affected, however some species that seems to be prone to egg binding, are Cockatiels, Parakeets, and Lovebirds. Do not presume that your hen will not be affected by this even if she is given the very best of care, foods and regular AV checkups.
If you notice your bird exhibit any of these symptoms, you should contact your avian veterinarian immediately for an exam. As with other avian illnesses, time is of the essence. The quicker that an egg bound bird receives medical attention, the better her chances of recovery and survival.
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