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How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

veenibbi replied the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

Thank you. All your information has been very helpful. I couldn't get a straight answer from the guy I bought the birds from. I think he was just reselling them.
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tewodvot replied the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

The previous replier is correct about an egg-bound hen being a very rare occurrence. If the hen is otherwise behaving normally, I truly doubt she is egg bound. Nesting activities and breeding can occur for several weeks before any eggs are laid--especially in young, first-year breeding birds.
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BigBirdGuy replied the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

Having heard about hens that are egg bound I believe that I may have come close to seeing only one (I think) and it was at another Rancher's facility. I have to go on his word of what took place. My understanding is that if a hen is indeed completely egg bound and cannot expel the egg, then normally she will die. Under some situations depending on how she may be bound she could ultimately expel an awkward egg with quite a bit of blood. Ostrich being hardy can usually return to normalcy quickly even with significant blood loss. This was the situation that the rancher explained to me had occurred. My opinion is that being egg bound is a rare occurrence and perhaps you should think of it in those terms. If your hen is up and about then that is probably not an issue. Regarding your question about breeding yielding egg production, there is no relationship between the two activities. You haven't mentioned the age of your birds, but that is not uncommon among first season pairs.
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veenibbi replied the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

I'm sorry, I mixed up my terms. I should be asking about a hen being egg bound. My pair have been breeding and she has not produced any eggs. She has been in the nest a few times. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
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wruvruio replied the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

Impacted is when a bird has a blockage and is not properly digesting feed, hay, grass, dirt, etc. that it may have eaten resulting in the stomach not digesting and the gizzard not grinding. The bird is stopped up or impacted not allowing the feed to pass through the gizzard. The tell tell sign a bird is impacted is that it is NOT pooping, drinking, and it is loosing weight. The bird is not able to digest food that may lead to the bird starving to death if not treated in a timely manner.
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veenibbi created the topic: How can you tell if a hen is impacted?

I am new to ostrich and have a pair that started to breed at the end of the season. How can you tell if a hen is impacted. Just because they are breeding should I expect eggs?
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