How to treat for a Calcium and Vitamin D3 Deficiency?
The best way to treat your hen for a Vit D3 and Calcium deficiency is to firstly up her Vitamin D3 intake we recommend giving Zolcal-D which is a liquid calcium and vitamin D3 veterinary support, this will give an instant boost.
You should also ensure going forward there are calcium sources available alongside her normal pellet feed. You can do this by giving one of our Forager Layer’s Aid treat mixes. These have been created with added Vit D and Calcium to give your hens a good boost from time to time.
If you hen has become egg bound then you will need to seek veterinary support.
If you think your hen is egg bound check for the below symptoms:
- Messy back-end, she will have a mucky bottom, with perhaps discharge and runny poo.
- Solid mass around her undercarriage, you should be able to feel a stuck egg as a solid lump at her undercarriage area.
- Smelly, sometimes if the stuck egg can cause and internal infection you might be notice a rotten and acrid smell form her back end.
In severe cases you may need antibiotics and even surgery to remove the stuck egg. You can try natural remedies with anti-inflammatories and Epsom salt baths but it is advisable to seek veterinary help if she has become egg bound.
Prevention and spotting early signs of a Calcium/Vit D3 deficiency should stop this from happening, however, sometimes eggs can also become stuck due to a mal-functioning reproductive system.