Chicken and the Egg, Part 2

by DFS-Pet-Blog on February 25, 2010

**Guest post from Keith G.**

A few weeks ago, we had a scare. I was in Plover at a veterinary clinic, nearly two hours south of home, with our (nearly) seven-year-old female green-cheeked conure Chicken, who had been laying eggs until she became egg-bound with her ninth egg. The vet’s prognosis for Chicken was not good: unless that egg came out soon, Chicken could die.

Our vet saw two options to the situation. The first was to come back two days later and perform surgery there to remove the egg. The other was to drive to Madison the next morning for 9 am emergency surgery at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Since the veterinary clinic we go to could not see us until Wednesday, and was relatively inexperienced in performing surgery on birds, I decided the best possible chance to save Chicken’s life would be to go to Madison the next day. The trip would be another two-and-a-half hours south of where I was already and probably cost us at least $1,200, but when compared to the life of our dear Chicken, that was a small price to pay.

Chicken (top), Kiwi, and me

Chicken (top), Kiwi, and me

While our vet was calling the hospital in Madison to confirm an appointment for the next morning, I had to call my wife, who had just gotten off of work, to deliver the bad news. My next call was to my parents in Mosinee to arrange a room for us for the night. Seeing as how they have a large dog, I wanted to make sure the environment would be safe enough for me to bring Chicken there in her fragile state, and of course, my parents were happy to help. So after 15 minutes of phone calls and arrangements, I packed Chicken back in her cage and we got ready to head out the door when suddenly, a miracle occurred. She laid the egg.

I was never as happy to see an egg in my life as I was at that moment. Cheers went up around the vet office as the vet techs that had been helping examine Chicken rushed in to see the good news. We took a few moments to celebrate the egg, a few more to cancel the appointment in Madison, and then, finally, we headed back home.

Despite the happy turn of events, we weren’t out of the woods yet. We took home oral anti-inflammatories that we were instructed to give Chicken in case she tried to lay more eggs. We had to monitor her closely for days afterwards, making sure no more eggs developed.

Back home, we attempted some new strategies. We took all of the eggs that she had laid and put them in the bowl that she laid her first egg in so that they were all together. We immediately found her sitting on them the next day.

As the days progressed, Chicken’s health improved, and she eventually grew tired of the eggs not hatching and threw them out of the bowl in futility. Today, our little girl is back to her dancing, happy self, and best of all, done laying… for the meantime. If she continues to lay a large number of eggs or starts laying more frequently, we may have to look into hormone injections, but for now, we can just enjoy knowing that she’s back with us and healthy.

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Melissa February 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

WOW! I am so happy to hear Chicken is doing better. Poor thing! What a story. I had no idea birds went through things like this. Thank you Keith.

Bonnie Ramba February 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Yaaaay! I’m so happy for “Chicken”! Well wishes to you from my black-capped conures, “Cappy” & “Cato” & me 🙂 Bonnie

Felicia February 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Also, the vet advised us to separate Chicken and Kiwi so she wouldn’t be stimulated by him to lay more eggs. We bought a Breeding Cage similar to this one so that they could be physically separated, but could still see each other and interact through the divider. Of course, they’ll also be allowed out to play and preen each other often.

Chicken’s birthday is coming up very soon; she’ll be seven years old on March 3rd!

Holly Arlena September 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It helped us in our own time of need. Blessings to you and your family. You sound like a wonderful caring person.

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